MDH warns of 2nd wave of cases stemming from contaminated steroids

2:20 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Department of Health has identified a patient with an illness, other than meningitis, but still in connection to the contaminated injectable steroids distributed by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.

Health department officials are continuing to encourage patients who received contaminated steroid shots and are experiencing persistent symptoms to see a health care provider.

The patient is a female in her 20s and not currently hospitalized, officials say.

Her infection is consistent with osteomyelitis, an infection that occurs inside the bone. One previous Minnesota case also had an infection of the bone.

Infected fluid collections, or abscesses, occurring at the site where patients received the contaminated injection have also been identified in a number of cases in other states.

Health officials are also advising health care providers who are seeing patients who received the contaminated NECC product to have a low threshold for further evaluation of patients that may include imaging to look for infections in the bone or abscesses.

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