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Congressional Hearings Scheduled on Meningitis Outbreak

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A sample of Cladosporium species, one of the fungi diagnosed in the fungal meningitis outbreak sweeping the United States, in Nashville, Ten
A sample of Cladosporium species, one of the fungi diagnosed in the fungal meningitis outbreak sweeping the United States, in Nashville, Ten

LANSING, MI (WKZO) --   Congressional hearings in both the House and Senate has been set for next week to investigate the fungal meningitis outbreak and the New England Compounding Center where the contaminated steroids that are being blamed for the outbreak were manufactured.

They have called one of the founding partners of the facility and the commissioner of the FDA, and others to testify.

The number of Michigan residents who have fallen ill in a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis is now up to 120 with eight deaths.  The state leads the nation in infections linked to tainted steroids.  The shots were used to treat back pain. Tennessee has the highest number of deaths at 12, and the outbreak has claimed 30 lives and sickened 409 across the country.

 

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