Michigan meningitis grand jury OK'ed

Apr 19, 2013

Minnesota technician tests for signs of meningitis in 2012
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 A grand jury will investigate a meningitis outbreak in Michigan linked to contaminated drugs. The Gongwer News Service reports that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette got authority from the Michigan Court of Appeals to call a multi-county grand jury on Friday.

Nineteen people in Michigan have died of meningitis linked to contaminated steroid injections packaged by the New England Compounding Center. More than 50 people have died nationwide since the outbreak started. Michigan is the state with the largest number of affected people. Gongwer says 16 of those who died in Michigan were treated in the state while another three died after being treated in Indiana.

It has also led to a congressional investigation that includes Rep. Fred Upton (R-Saint Joseph).