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buginme2:
There is a meningitis outbreak in NYC among HIV infected men.   Pay attention to the symptoms and go to the er if you suspect you are infected.

http://www.examiner.com/article/meningococcal-meningitis-outbreak-seen-hiv-infected-men-new-york-city

Meningococcal meningitis is caused by the bacterium, Neisseria meningitidis, which causes the most severe form of bacterial meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can also be found in the bloodstream. This particular type of meningitis is very severe and can result in death if not treated promptly. Even in cases where treatment has been given, the fatality rate is around 15%.

The symptoms of bacterial meningitis are sudden, with fever, stiff neck, body aches and headaches. As the disease progresses other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, photophobia and seizures. A petechial rash seen on the trunk and lower extremities, bleeding complications, multi-organ failures and shock are usually final signs. This disease has the ability to kill within hours of getting it.

elf:
terrible  :-\

drewm:
(CBS/AP) A deadly cluster of bacterial meningitis has erupted among HIV-infected gay men in New York City. It's left one person dead in the last month and another in critical condition. The city's health department on Thursday alerted local doctors about the outbreak. It includes a dozen cases in the last two years. But it seems to have accelerated with four cases in the last four weeks. Of the 12 total cases, four died.

The new cases are spread across several boroughs of New York City and affect men ages 31 to 42 years old, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. Investigators are trying to find out how the infection spread. People the men were in close contact have been treated with antibiotics. Bacterial meningitis can cause swelling of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The disease is rare, but people with HIV-weakened immune systems are more susceptible. People with HIV are also more likely to die from the infection, according to the health department.

This disease is spread by prolonged close contact with nose or throat discharges from an infected person. Examples of prolonged contact include living in the same household, or activities including kissing and sexual contact.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57522707/meningitis-outbreak-among-hiv-positive-men-reported-in-nyc/?tag=cbsnewsCategoryStacksArea;stackHealth

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/camp/camp-mening-disease.pdf

Ann:
Drew, Bugsie beat you to it and already posted a thread about meningitis, so I merged them.

Isn't there a meningitis vaccine out these days?

Um, I just read Drew's second link and discovered there is a vaccine, but that we don't necessarily need to get it. I wonder why they don't seem to be encouraging poz people in NYC to get it?


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Who should get vaccinated?

Routine meningococcal vaccination is recommended for adolescents and unvaccinated freshman living in college dormitories. Persons at high risk of infection, such as those people without a spleen or with terminal complement deficiency, should also be vaccinated. Persons with HIV infection are not routinely recommended to be vaccinated unless they have some other risk factor present.

Please consult a physician if you are concerned that you might be at risk for disease and  have questions about whether to be vaccinated.


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drewm:

--- Quote from: drewm on September 29, 2012, 12:52:08 PM ---(CBS/AP) A deadly cluster of bacterial meningitis has erupted among HIV-infected gay men in New York City. It's left one person dead in the last month and another in critical condition. The city's health department on Thursday alerted local doctors about the outbreak. It includes a dozen cases in the last two years. But it seems to have accelerated with four cases in the last four weeks. Of the 12 total cases, four died.

The new cases are spread across several boroughs of New York City and affect men ages 31 to 42 years old, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. Investigators are trying to find out how the infection spread. People the men were in close contact have been treated with antibiotics. Bacterial meningitis can cause swelling of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The disease is rare, but people with HIV-weakened immune systems are more susceptible. People with HIV are also more likely to die from the infection, according to the health department.

This disease is spread by prolonged close contact with nose or throat discharges from an infected person. Examples of prolonged contact include living in the same household, or activities including kissing and sexual contact.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57522707/meningitis-outbreak-among-hiv-positive-men-reported-in-nyc/?tag=cbsnewsCategoryStacksArea;stackHealth

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/camp/camp-mening-disease.pdf

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Thanks Ann! I am going to consult my doctor about it.

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