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UPDATE: 2 Minnesota Women Linked to Meningitis Outbreak

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A second Minnesota woman has been diagnosed with meningitis linked to a deadly outbreak.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Saturday two women in their 40s received injectable steroids from a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that steroid products produced by the New England Compounding Center had been linked to more than 60 cases of fungal meningitis in nine states. Seven people have died. One of the Minnesota cases is not yet included in those statistics.

Minnesota officials say the women were evaluated after experiencing possible symptoms of meningitis. They are both hospitalized, being treated with antibiotic and antifungal drugs.

The state says about 950 Minnesota patients were treated with the implicated steroid products.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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