4th Minnesota meningitis victim sues

Published 9:37 am Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — A Ham Lake woman who contracted meningitis from contaminated steroid shots is suing a New England pharmacy company.

Holly Peterson’s attorneys said she had a steroid shot in Coon Rapids to relieve her chronic back pain. Lawyer Karl Cambronne said Peterson is suing the New England Compounding Pharmacy. Women in Shakopee, Savage and Montrose also sued after receiving shots of steroids from potentially contaminated lots.

State health officials say 11 people in Minnesota have been sickened after approximately 1,000 received the fungus-tainted shots.

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The Centers for Disease Control says the contaminated shots have been linked to the 32 deaths in a meningitis outbreak that has spread to 19 states.

Peterson’s lawsuit seeks class action status.