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2 confirmed meningitis cases in Minn.


Minnesota (WXOW) - Two cases of meningitis have been confirmed in Minnesota by the state's Department of Health.

Both instances involve women in their forties. The patients are currently hospitalized and being treated with antibiotic and antifungal drugs.

The illness is linked to injectable steroids made by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.

Health officials say the number of people affected by the deadly outbreak is rising.

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are now 64 confirmed cases in nine states, and seven people have died.

The Minnesota Department of Health expects to see additional cases.

They say approximately 950 Minnesota residents were treated with the steroid products.

So far, 350 of them have been notified.

If you received a steroid shot in Minnesota, it is important to get checked.

Health officials say around 75 medical facilities in 23 states received the contaminated products.

The plant where the steroid was made has voluntarily shut down.

The illness is not contagious, so people who were not treated with the contaminated products are not at risk.

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