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Michigan toll from meningitis outbreak continues to climb


BRISTOL, INDIANA (WKZO) -- Marsha Martin, the daughter of the only West Michigander to die so far from the fungal meningitis outbreak in the U.S., says the family is holding up well. She says they aren’t angry but they are sad.

89-year-old Pauline Burema of Cassopolis received two tainted shots from a clinic in Elkhart, Indiana, and was at her daughter’s home in Indiana when she died. She is one of 14 to have died nationally in an outbreak that has made 184 others ill, and more are expected.

Rick Snyder and AG Bill Schutte are asking the Michigan Dept. of Licensing to yank the Pharmacy License of the Massachusetts Pharmacy that produced the tainted steroids injection that has resulted in an outbreak in meningitis cases.

Only Tennessee has been hit harder than Michigan, which now has 4 dead and 41 sick because of the contaminated needles. A total of 14-hundred Michiganders received shots that may have also been contaminated. They are all on a watch list for symptoms.

Losing their license to operate in Michigan may be the least of the Pharmacy’s problems. They have already recalled all the products they make as a precaution and face the potential for civil lawsuits that would crush any firm.