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Meningitis & Flu Making Themselves Known in Minnesota

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If five cases of the deadly meningitis infection in Minnesota wasn't bad enough, the state can now add two flu cases to the list.

19 new cases of the meningitis outbreak join a growing list that spans 15 states and brings the nations total to 233 cases.

The outbreak is linked to joint-pain steroid injections from the now-closed New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass. 

Sanford Dr. Augusto Alonto, says any patients who received a steroid injection at Sanford clinics are ok, as Sanford did order any injections from NECC. Also noting only parities who received a bad NECC injection are susceptible to the deadly strain of meningitis going around.

"The type of fungal meningitis that these people have gotten are only from the injection that they received," said Alonto.

To make matters worse in Minnesota, two confirmed flu cases have now started the flu season in the state that typically runs from October - April.

Alonto says, "everyone over six months of age should get it especially the elderly and people with certain conditions including diabetes, heart disease and asthma.

Sanford Health will be hosting two flu shot blitzes in Fargo to help get adults vaccinated. October 29th 5:30-8:30 at Sanford Southpoint and November 5th 5:30-8:30 at Sanford Downtown.  


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