CDC warns of meningococcal disease outbreak in Florida primarily affecting perverts - gay, bi men

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Apr 10, 2022, 6:55:02 AMApr 10
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health
warning about an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, which
the agency said is mainly affecting gay and bisexual men, including
those living with HIV.

The CDC urged gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with
men to get the MenACWY vaccine if they live in Florida. It also
recommended that those planning to visit Florida talk with their
healthcare provider about getting the vaccine

The agency added in the advisory that multiple meningococcal disease
cases in college students have been reported in the state over the
last few months. However, the CDC added that there is no evidence to
suggest that the cases among college students are related to the
larger outbreak.

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria
Meningitidis and the CDC said that it is preventable and treatable.
The advisory added that getting vaccinated is the best way to
protect against meningococcal disease.

According to the CDC, the two most common types of meningococcal
infections are meningitis, which is an infection of the lining of
the brain and spinal cord, and bloodstream infection, both of which
can quickly become deadly.

The agency said that the disease’s symptoms can first seem like
flu-like illness and then rapidly worsen. Symptoms of the disease
include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, light
sensitivity, confusion and rash.

Florida’s Department of Health (FDOH) said on Thursday that the
number of cases identified so far in 2022 surpasses the five-year
average of meningococcal disease cases in the state.

FDOH said its epidemiologists are investigating each case as well as
contacting people with potential or direct exposure to known cases
to provide them with information and treatment options.

It urged college and university students, immunocompromised
individuals, people living with HIV and men who have sex with men to
get vaccinated against the disease immediately.

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