By Brett Stolpestad
The recent outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 14 people and infected almost 156 other is now being linked to an increased risk of infection due to spinal injection, the New York Times reported.
The steroid spinal injections, targeted for pain relief and used across 75 clinics in the U.S., have been discovered to be contaminated by a fungus, the L.A. Times reported.
The steroids, that have not been approved for epidural injections by the Food and Drug Administration, have also been linked to other complications including nerve damage, paralysis and stroke, The New York Times reported.
The F.D.A is currently working on ways to reduce the risk of infection due the the steroid injections, the New York Times reported.