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First person arrested in connection with 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak

For the first time, a person has been arrested in connection with the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.
By Heather Records   |   Sept. 4, 2014 at 11:54 PM

BOSTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A man liked to the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people was arrested on Thursday at Boston's Logan International Airport. He was on his way to a family wedding at the time of his arrest.

The arrest of Glenn Chin--who was a supervising pharmacist at the pharmacy linked to the outbreak--is the first time anyone has been charged in connection with the outbreak.

Chin worked at the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts that federal authorities determined was the source of the outbreak. The outbreak happened through tainted steroid injections used to treat back or joint pain.

According to the criminal complaint against him, Chin failed to maintain sterile procedures and sanitary clean rooms.

Chin faces one count of mail fraud and bonded out of jail on $5,000 bond.

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