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Florida Meningococcal Outbreak Among Gay and Bisexual Men

According to a recent news release, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking into one of the deadliest Meningococcal epidemics among homosexual and bisexual males in American history. The greatest defence against this dangerous condition, which may swiftly turn fatal, is vaccination, according to Dr. JosĂ© R. Romero, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.”Gay and bisexual men who live in Florida should get vaccinated, and those travelling to Florida should talk to their healthcare provider about getting a MenACWY vaccine,” the statement reads.

“Due to the outbreak in Florida and the number of Pride events being held across the state in the coming weeks.” At least 24 cases and 6 fatalities among homosexual and bisexual males have been documented by the organisation, with around half of the outbreak’s cases being among Hispanic men. The majority of people infected by the current outbreak are Floridians, while some visitors were also impacted. The MenACWY vaccination, which guards against Meningococcal illness brought on by four strains of the Meningococcal bacteria – A, C, W, and Y – is advised by the CDC.

Florida Meningococcal Outbreak Among Gay and Bisexual MenThe organisation highlighted that MenACWY vaccinations should be administered frequently to all HIV patients. Although there are six serotypes that cause the disease globally, serotypes B, C, and Y are primarily responsible for the majority of Meningococcal infections in the United States. Serotype C is the cause of the epidemic.

With early data showing high numbers among homosexual, bisexual, and other men who have sex with males, the CDC is also keeping an eye on an epidemic of monkeypox in nations that typically don’t report the disease. According to the CDC website, as of June 23, there have been 173 cases of monkeypox/orthopoxvirus documented in the United States, including around 16 cases in Florida.

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