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CentraCare Contacting Patients About Meningitis Outbreak [AUDIO]

Steven Wright

ST. CLOUD – The Minnesota Department of Health says 129 clinics in Minnesota received injectable drugs from a pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak.  One of those clinics is the CentraCare Surgery Center at the CentraCare Health Plaza.

Spokeswoman Jeanine Nistler says that’s the only facility within CentraCare that’s impacted.  She says they’ve identified about 150 patients that received the steroid injections.

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On Monday U.S. health officials said two more drugs from the New England Compounding Center are now being investigated.

Nistler says there is no information definitely connecting these additional steroids with meningitis, this is just a precautionary move.

Nistler says they’re advising the patients they contact to pay attention to symptoms like worsening headaches or neck pain.

The number of confirmed fungal meningitis cases in Minnesota linked to tainted steroids has risen to seven.

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