A Minnesota man in his 50s and another in his 60s has come down with the state's eighth case of fungal meningitis, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Thursday afternoon.
They are the eighth and ninth cases in the state. Women ranging in age from their 20s to their 70s have accounted for six of Minnesota's nine cases.
Federal agencies have linked the rare infection to steroids produced at a now-closed compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts and used at six clinics in Minnesota:
- Medical Advanced Pain Specialists (MAPS) in Edina, Fridley, Shakopee and Maple Grove
- Minnesota Surgery Center (MSC) in Edina and Maple Grove
The outbreak is now in 18 states and has killed two dozen people. Minnesota is one of 11 states where people have come down with the infection but no one has died. Fungal meningitis is different from the more common bacterial and viral forms of meningitis and is not spread person-to-person.