The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed a third case of fungal meningitis in the state Sunday. All three of the cases involve women in their 40’s who are hospitalized.
The Health Department announced the first two cases on Saturday. The cases involve patients who received spinal injections of a steroid made by a Massachusetts company. Health officials are emphasizing that this type of meningitis is not contagious and the general public is not at risk.
Nationwide the outbreak has now claimed seven lives.
The Massachusetts company that distributed the steroids tied to the outbreak recalled all of its products over the weekend, calling it a precautionary move.