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Brooklyn Park woman first to sue Twin Cities clinic over meningitis

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A 23-year-old Brooklyn Park woman is the first to sue a Twin Cities pain clinic for negligence after she received two steroid injections there last summer and developed meningitis, the Star Tribune reports.

Traci Maccoux filed the suit Monday against Medical Advanced Pain Specialists, the newspaper reported. “I was hoping that they would know better,” she told the newspaper. “You go somewhere and you just assume that things are safe.”

Maccoux was among the 700 people who developed meningitis from steroids contaminated with a fungus at a production facility in Massachusetts. Twelve of those cases were in Minnesota, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which tracks the cases in a state-by-state map.

The contaminated steroids were manufactured and distributed throughout the U.S. by the New England Compounding Center, U.S. health officials have said. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that two more people have died from fungal meningitis and secondary infections, the Boston Herald reported.

The total death toll is now 50, FOX News reported.

One of those deaths was in Minnesota, according to the CDC.

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