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July 31, 2014

Two meningitis patients released from hospital; first suit over outbreak filed in MN

Two patients in Minnesota being treated for fungal meningitis are out of the hospital, MPR News reports.The Minnesota Department of Health says the two women are now being treated on an outpatient basis. One woman in the state still remains hospitalized.

All three cases in Minnesota are linked to tainted injectable steroids manufactured by a Massachusetts pharmacy.

A woman from Savage filed the first lawsuit associated with the outbreak. The plaintiff is not among the three Minnesotans with confirmed cases of fungal meningitis, but she did receive multiple injections of the steroid. She’s asking a federal court to clear the way for the case to become a class action lawsuit.

The CDC announced Thursday that 14 people have died in 170 cases across 11 states.