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CDC investigates 'one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease' in U.S. history among gay and bisexual men in Florida
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health investigate.
"one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history," the CDC said Wednesday.
The CDC said Thursday that there had been 26 cases and seven deaths from meningococcal disease in Florida during the investigation.
Among those, 24 cases and six deaths were in men who have sex with men.
The CDC says the outbreak is "primarily among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, including those living with HIV."
"Recent data show that about half of the cases associated with this outbreak are among Hispanic men."
"This outbreak mainly affects people who live in Florida but has also affected some people who have traveled to Florida."
"The meningococcal disease includes meningitis, infections of the brain and spinal cord lining, and bloodstream infections."
"Meningococcal disease can affect anyone and can be deadly," the CDC said.
It usually takes close or lengthy contact, for example, kissing or being close to someone coughing, to spread the bacteria.
The CDC said that symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea or vomiting, or a dark purple rash.
While they can appear flu-like, they typically get worse very quickly.
If someone has these symptoms, they should seek medical attention immediately.
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