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Authorities Coordinate for Meningitis Investigation

Posted at 12:34 PM, Nov 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-25 12:34:22-05

medicalgenericMichigan and federal officials are coordinating their investigations of  Massachusetts company that distributed infected steroid injections all over the U.S. – including here in Michigan.

“The victims and families affected by this fungal meningitis tragedy deserve answers, and this agreement with United States Attorney Ortiz will allow us to coordinate with federal officials and maximize the resources dedicated to this investigation,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a press release.

Schuette and United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz are collaborating against the New England Compounding Center to strengthen their “respective independent federal and state criminal investigations and achieve justice,” said Ortiz in the release.

Seven-hundred-fifty-one people have been directly affected by these injections, including 64 deaths in 20 different states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Michigan leads the country in the tallies with 264 people who were diagnosed with a form of the fungal meningitis or infection and with 19 people who have died, according to reports from the CDC and the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The infected injections were distributed to clinics in four counties in the state of Michigan: Genesee, Grand Traverse, Livingston and Macomb.

The company announced a national voluntary recall of their products back in October of 2012.