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US agents raid lab linked to outbreak of meningitis

BOSTON/NEW YORK -- Federal agents on Tuesday raided the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a widespread meningitis outbreak that has killed 16 people and sickened more than 200 others, federal prosecutors said.

Agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration searched the New England Compounding Center, or NECC, in the Boston suburb of Framingham, with officers from the local police department providing support, Framingham police said.

The raid took place as calls came for an even wider probe into whether the once obscure pharmacy may have broken federal laws dealing with controlled substances, and as additional meningitis cases were announced.

Carmen Ortiz, U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, said in a statement, “I can confirm that this office and our law enforcement partners are investigating allegations concerning the New England Compounding Center.”

Ortiz said it was “entirely premature” to speculate about what might be uncovered.

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