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DETROIT — Authorities in Michigan and Massachusetts say they will coordinate their investigations of a company that sold steroid injection materials linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds of people in 20 states.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced they would coordinate their state and federal probes at a news conference Monday in Detroit.

A federal grand jury in Boston has been investigating the New England Compounding Center for more than a year. A Michigan court also approved a request for a grand jury. Schuette says the coordination will "maximize the resources dedicated to this investigation."

The Massachusetts company's steroid materials have been linked to 751 meningitis and other infections, including 264 in Michigan. Tennessee and Indiana were also hit hard.

Reported Earlier

Federal officials who have been conducting a criminal investigation of the Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center in connection with a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak disclosed they planned to make a major announcement today.

A joint announcement is expected by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz in Boston along with Michigan's attorney general, Bill Schuette.

Schuette's office issued a statement that he and Ortiz would make an announcement at 9 a.m. Central time today on a development in the NECC case.

The Massachusetts firm is accused of shipping fungus-tainted steroids to health-care providers across the country. Sixteen deaths have been recorded among patients treated in Tennessee, while 154 were sickened from the methylprednisolone acetate shipped from the now-defunct company. Nationwide, 751 people have been sickened and 64 have died.

This is a developing story. Check back to Tennessean.com for more details.

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