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October 24, 2014

2 Minnesota women linked to deadly meningitis outbreak

Doctors have diagnosed two Minnesota women, both in their 40s, with meningitis after they received injectable steroids from a Massachusetts pharmacy, the Minnesota Department of Health said in a news release Saturday.

Both patients complained of fevers and headaches before doctors found evidence of meningitis in their spinal fluid. They are both hospitalized and being treated with antibiotics and antifungal drugs.

According to MDH, 950 patients of providers in Edina, Fridley, Shakopee and Maple Grove were treated with drugs from New England Compounding Center.

Officials expect to see more cases in Minnesota as the nearly one thousand patients treated with the tainted products are notified.

The Associated Press reports the death toll has risen to seven and more than 60 cases across nine states have been reported.

Hundreds of calls from concerned people have been pouring into hospitals and health clinics around the country.