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Florida records 24 meningococcal disease cases and 6 deaths among gay and bisexual men

The CDC is warning of a historic, highly deadly, outbreak of meningococcal disease affecting gay and bisexual men in Florida.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 24 men have contracted the disease, resulting in at least six deaths, in what it describes as ‘one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history.’

Meningococcal disease, often the cause of meningitidis, is a rare but highly infectious condition that be spread either via a virus or bacteria. It infects a person’s brain and spinal chord.

While the CDC is recommending for gay and bisexual men to get vaccinated against the virus, one health expert tells that even if someone gets jabbed now they will still not be safe from the disease in time for…

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