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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Round one of Congressional hearings regarding the deadly meningitis outbreak ended Wednesday with very few answers. On Thursday morning, a North Carolina senator will be among those questioning regulators.

The outbreak has led to 32 deaths, including one of a Piedmont woman. Effie Shaw, 77, passed away at High Point Regional Hospital in late October after receiving one of the contaminated vials of a steroid shot administered for back and joint pain.

Congress is now questioning federal regulators as well as the man at the center of the outbreak. Barry Cadden is owner and co- founder of the New England Compounding Company, which distributed the contaminated vials.

Throughout his testimony Wednesday, Cadden would only plead the Fifth.

Democratic N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan joins in Thursday morning to question regulators. She is a part of the HELP, or Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Committee.