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Minnesota Reports 12th Fungal Meningitis Case

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota has reported its 12th confirmed case of fungal meningitis in a national outbreak linked to tainted steroids from a Massachusetts pharmacy.

Assistant state epidemiologist Richard Danila says the new case is a Twin Cities area man in his 50s who received an injection at a metro clinic.

Danila says he had some symptoms earlier but got better. However, in the last few weeks, his symptoms including headaches got worse again.

Danila says the man had a spinal tap earlier but the results were borderline. He says officials weren’t able to confirm he had fungal meningitis until he underwent a second spinal tap recently.

Danila says the man was not hospitalized.

While the pace of new cases is slowing down, Danila says the new case shows more are possible.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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