12:26 PM EST, November 15, 2012
An elected leader is ready to file a lawsuit over the meningitis outbreak blamed for at least 32 deaths across the country -- including four locally.
Terri Rethlake is the St. Joseph County clerk. She received an injection of the tainted shot behind the outbreak and tested positive for the fungus that causes meningitis – but doctors caught hers early.
Rethlake tells WSBT News test results came back Wednesday showing she never actually developed the meningitis. She's thankful to be getting better, but is planning to sue.
"I'm upset that it happened,” she said. “I don't blame the doctor that gave me the steroid shot. It wasn't her fault at all. I guess what I’ve heard in the news it's definitely the lab's fault."
Rethlake hired a lawyer. A company called the New England Compounding Center made the bad medicine. Rethlake could go after the company on her own. There's also the possibility a class action lawsuit will be filed.
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