Michigan Attorney General asks for grand jury to investigate meningitis outbreak

(WXYZ) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking the Michigan Court of Appeals to convene a multi-county grand jury to investigate the multi-state meningitis outbreak.

The purpose of the grand jury will be to investigate whether the New England Compounding Center, the company  linked to the outbreak, broke any state laws when tainted steroid injections were distributed to four Michigan counties.

"Hundreds of Michigan citizens and their families have endured terrible pain and deaths of loved ones suffering from illnesses caused by these tainted steroid injections," Schuette said in a news release. "This investigation is necessary to uncover the truth as to how this unspeakable tragedy happened and to restore public faith in our healthcare system."

According to the Attorney General's office, the Court of Appeals will now review the petition and decide whether or not to appoint a judge to lead a grand jury investigation. If a grand jury is appointed, they will review the evidence and decide whether to issue criminal indictments in the case.

As of Monday, there were 730 people confirmed to have fungal infections linked the tainted shots involved in the multi-state outbreak. Two-hundred-fifty-nine of them are in Michigan.

Fifty-one deaths have also been linked to the outbreak nationwide. Fourteen of those were in Michigan.

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