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3 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis in Minnesota

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Twenty three states have been sent this contaminated injectable steroid and fortunately, South Dakota was not one of them.

Vials of the injections known as Methylprednisolone made their way to 76 clinics with cases on the rise.

Minneapolis has confirmed three cases with a risk of more still there.

Dr. Lockwood at Avera McKennan Hospital is who patients can see to get help for back pain. Many of them choose to receive injectable steroids for treatment.

According to health officials, vials of the medication in question were not sent to any SD health providers.

"Patients have had recent injections hear this on the news and have concern, rightfully so, and we've had people call us inquiring whether or not they're at risk for this type of medication," Dr. Scott Lockwood said.

On our Facebook page, Stephanie R. wrote that she had been in a car accident and scheduled to receive one of those steroid injections, Monday morning. Even though she knew SD was not affected, she said she canceled her appointment because she didn't feel comfortable receiving it after everything she read online.

While there's less of a concern in South Dakota, over in Minnesota, that's not the case.

More than 800 vials were sent from Massachusetts to two health care providers in Minneapolis.

3 cases of Meningitis have been confirmed, with possibly hundreds more at risk.

"We can't say for sure we won't have more cases. Right now we have identified the three and we're still working to get in touch with those few people we weren't able to get ahold of on Friday and over the weekend," Buddy Ferguson said.

"Whether this story was in the news or not, it's always good to be alert for any signs of infection following any types of procedure," Dr. Lockwood said.

The three confirmed cases in Minnesota involved women in their 40s. Minnesota Department of Health says they were hospitalized, received medications and are doing well.

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