More Michigan residents file lawsuits in meningitis outbreak
The new lawsuits follow a class-action lawsuit filed in Detroit federal court last week on behalf of any Michigan resident who may have been exposed to tainted steroids from the New England Compounding Pharmacy in Massachusetts. The pharmacy manufactured the steroids that became contaminated with fungus.
The Centers for Disease Control has linked 308 illness and 23 deaths across the country to the contaminated steroids, according to The Associated Press.
In Michigan, the toll is six deaths and 69 infections. The Michigan Department of Community health says the deaths include a 62-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman in Washtenaw County, a 79-year-old Oakland County woman, a 56-year-old Genesee County woman, and a 67-year-old Livingston County woman, AP reported.
Indiana authorities also report the death of an 89-year-old woman from Cassopolis, Mich., who was treated at an Indiana clinic.