Michigan, federal officials to coordinate meningitis probe
DETROIT (AP) —
Authorities in Michigan and Massachusetts say they will coordinate their
investigations of a company that sold steroid injection materials
linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds of people in 20 states.
Attorney General Bill Schuette and Boston U.S. Attorney
Carmen Ortiz announced they would coordinate their state and federal
probes at a news conference Monday in Detroit.
A federal grand
jury in Boston has been investigating the New England Compounding Center
for more than a year. A Michigan court also approved a request for a
grand jury. Schuette says the coordination will "maximize the resources
dedicated to this investigation."
The Massachusetts company's steroid materials have been linked to 751 meningitis and other infections, including 264 in Michigan. Tennessee and Indiana were also hit hard.