Lab Tied to Meningitis Raided

    Shawn Lockhart looks at the meningitis-causing fungus Exserohilum rostratum at the mycotic lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 12, 2012 in Atlanta. The staff and technicians have been working around the clock to confirm cases and inform the public regarding the multi-state meningitis outbreak that has resulted in 14 deaths. The fungal outbreak is believed to have started at New England Compounding Center where a steroid injection shipment was contaminated with the fungus. (AP Photo/Pouya Dianat)

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    Federal agents on Tuesday raided the Massachusetts lab that has been linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak that has so far killed 16 and sickened more than 200. U.S. Food and Drug Administration agents and local police searched the New England Compounding Center, or NECC, in the Boston suburb of Framingham, which has been accused of breaking federal laws in dealing with controlled substances. Nearly 14,000 people nationwide are considered at risk for meningitis after they received steroid injections shipped from 76 facilities in 26 states. Federal agents allege the injections were made at the NECC facility. NECC officials said the raid was “unnecessary.”

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