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5th case of meningitis reported in Minnesota

Minnesota health officials announced a fifth case of meningitis linked to tainted steroids Monday, the Pioneer Press reports. The most recent case is a woman in her 20s. The other four were also women.
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Minnesota health officials announced a fifth case of meningitis linked to tainted steroids Monday, the Pioneer Press reports. The most recent case is a woman in her 20s. The other four were also women.

The fourth case, a woman in her 70s, was identified last week.

Three other women in their 40s have been hospitalized, but two have been released. The third was expected to leave soon, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Centers for Disease Control is monitoring a U.S. meningitis outbreak stemming from possibly tainted vials of a steroid medication used to treat back and neck pain. Nationwide, 205 people were diagnosed with the disease in 14 states and 15 deaths have been blamed (none in Minnesota), Reuters reports.

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