die of meningitis outbreak in Los Angeles area
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[April 04, 2014]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters)
— Three men in their 20s have died from a meningitis outbreak
in the gay community in the Los Angeles area this year, a public
health spokesman said on Thursday, a day after officials called on
HIV-positive gay men in the region to be vaccinated against the
One man died in February and the other two died in
late March, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department
of Public Health. The men were all either 27 or 28 years old.
They were among eight people who have contracted invasive
meningococcal disease in 2014, the Public Health Department said in
a statement. That is seen as a high rate of infection for the Los
Angeles area, which in recent years has seen the number of annual
cases range between 12 and 37.
Four of the eight meningitis cases this year, including the three
men who died, occurred in the gay community that spreads from West
Hollywood to the nearby North Hollywood suburb of Los Angeles,
officials said. A number of the men infected in that group were HIV-positive, a condition that could make them more susceptible to
infection because of their reduced immunity.
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The outbreak led the county Department of Public Health on Wednesday
to recommend meningitis vaccines for HIV-positive gay and bisexual
men, and those who are HIV-positive and have sex with other men but
do not consider themselves gay or bisexual.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; editing by Michael Perry)
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