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Negative Finding Still of Concern with Meningitis Outbreak

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The meningitis outbreak continues to be a cause for concern, as the Minneapolis Tribune reported, there are a number of cases of people who have symptoms and still testing negative:

Even the experts admit that they've been baffled by the unfolding outbreak. Just last week, Minnesota reported its 13th confirmed case tied to the steroids — in a young woman who tested negative for meningitis. When doctors discovered that she had a bone infection instead, it was a reminder of what an elusive culprit they've been chasing.

The concern is that this is a condition that is complicated by the type of person who gets injections (already suffering from many of the same type of symptoms) and the unique outbreak. With over 1000 Minnesotans and many more nationally involved, hope is that the experts will soon get a handle on what can be done.

The problems have been linked to contaminated steroid pain injections. Others here at the Legal Examiner have pointed out that the same problems are being seen in their states:

Meningitis Scare Hits St. Cloud Patients,Joe Crumley | October 18, 2012 7:28 PM

Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit and More Questions About New England Compounding Center (update), Mike Bryant | October 14, 2012 2:58 PM

MAPS Reports Meningitis Outbreak Here in Minnesota (update), Mike Bryant | October 06, 2012 10:14 PM

Possible Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit in Minnesota, Tracy Finken | October 12, 2012 1:57 PM

Virginia Man's Death Caused by Infected Steroids – Center Shared Building With Garbage Compactor, Greg Webb | October 13, 2012 11:11 AM

Meningitis Outbreak – More than Just Numbers. Jessica Hoerman | October 11, 2012 5:57 PM

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Alarms Country, Donald A. Migliori | October 11, 2012 10:02 AM

NECC loses Ohio license and 2004 meningitis lawsuit settlement comes to light, Miranda S. Miller | October 11, 2012 12:07 PM

NECC Meningitis Outbreak Ensnares More Companies Under Same Ownership, Greg Webb | October 10, 2012 9:56 PM

Meningitis Outbreak Draws Attention to Concerns with FDA Oversight, Andrew D'Arcy | October 10, 2012 2:51 PM

Meningitis Steroid Supplier Lacked License, Joe Crumley | October 10, 2012 11:04 AM

Injectable Steroids – Fungal Meningitis – The Signs, ,Cal Warriner | October 10, 2012 8:37 AM

Fungal Meningitis Death Toll Now at 11 with 119 Infected, Greg Webb | October 09, 2012 8:22 PM

Meningitis Update – Tennessee Hit the Hardest, Jessica Hoerman | October 09, 2012 5:27 PM

Death Toll Continues to Rise in Meningitis Outbreak from Contaminated Steroid Injections, Mike Ferrara | October 09, 2012 4:14 PM

What Epidural Steroid Injection Patients Need to Know about the NECC Fungal Meningitis Outbreak. Miranda S. Miller | October 09, 2012 1:42 PM

Two Michiganders Die From Meningitis, David Mittleman | October 09, 2012 9:14 AM

Massachusetts lab recalls epidural injection amid deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis, Michael A. Stratton | October 09, 2012 9:13 AM

Meningitis Outbreak Continues to Grow, Jacob Plattenberger | October 08, 2012 10:04 PM

Meningitis Outbreak UPDATE – 13,000 Possibly Infected Through Steroid Injections, Greg Webb | October 08, 2012 7:12 PM

Meningitis Cases Near 100 As NECC Issues Steroid Recall, Jackie Fedeli | October 08, 2012 4:32 PM

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Massachusetts Pharmacy Linked To Meningitis Outbreak Issues Recall, Brett Emison | October 08, 2012 10:25 AM

Meningitis Outbreak Spreads Into Michigan, David Mittleman | October 06, 2012 10:12 AM

Three Rare Meningitis Cases in Virginia Linked to Steroid Shots, Others may be Infected, Mark Favaloro | October 05, 2012 9:39 AM

Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Steroid Pain Medication, David Mittleman | October 04, 2012 2:53 PM

Patients who have received injections are urged to seek medical attention right away.