Meningitis Outbreak From Shots For Back Pain

A popular treatment for severe back pain – steroid shots in the lower back because of ruptured disks or spinal stenosis – has been linked to a growing outbreak of a rare and deadly fungal meningitis from contaminated injections. As the number of cases and deaths continued to climb this week, lawmakers called for a Congressional inquiry into pharmacies of the kind that made the medicine and new laws to ensure tighter federal oversight of their operations, the New York …