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State health officials confirm 10th meningitis case linked to deadly outbreak

The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a 10th fungal meningitis case in the state linked to tainted injectables produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy. The patient is a woman in her 60s.
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The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed a 10th fungal meningitis case in the state linked to tainted injectables produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy. The patient is a woman in her 60s, the Star Tribune reports.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that there were fewer Minnesota clinics that received drugs from the New England Compounding Center than previously thought. Now, 111 clinics are believed to have received drugs, not 129.

The outbreak has spread to 19 states with 354 cases and 25 deaths.

According to documents released last week, federal health inspectors found "greenish black foreign matter" growing in dozens of vials and evidence of bacteria and mold throughout the NECC site.

The company has recalled all of its products and was stripped of its pharmacy license.

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