September 30, 2013
NYC Health Official Claims Meningitis Outbreak Stopped
A senior New York City health department official claims the meningitis outbreak among local gay and bisexual men has stopped, CBS New York reports. Jay Varma, MD, a deputy commissioner, said there were no new cases since February. The outbreak led to a widespread vaccination campaign. Since 2010, there were 22 cases of meningitis among local sexually active gay and bisexual men; seven of them died. The city initially recommended only sexually active HIV-positive gay and bisexual men get vaccinated, but it expanded that recommendation to all sexually active gay and bisexual men.
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