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  • CDC: Meningococcal Disease Outbreak, Florida, 2022

    Source: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/outbreaks/FL2022.html

    Meningococcal Disease Outbreak, Florida, 2022

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    In response to an ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, state health officials are recommending all gay and bisexual men living in the state get vaccinated with one dose of a MenACWY vaccine to help protect against meningococcal disease.
    Florida health officials are also emphasizing the importance of routine vaccination against meningococcal disease for people with HIV. For the best protection, people with HIV should make sure they have gotten their 2-dose primary series of a MenACWY vaccine and are up to date with booster doses.


    There is an ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, primarily among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, including those living with HIV. The outbreak is mostly affecting people who live in Florida, but has also affected some people who have traveled to Florida. The two most common types of meningococcal infections are meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and bloodstream infection, both of which can quickly become deadly...









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      Source: https://floridaphoenix.com/blog/case...gest-caseload/

      Cases are climbing in outbreak of serious bacterial illness; Central FL area has largest caseload
      By: Issac Morgan - May 26, 2022 3:05 pm

      As Florida health officials continue to respond to an outbreak of a serious and potentially deadly bacterial illness called meningococcal disease, 32 cases have been identified in 13 counties so far this year, an increase since last month.

      Central Florida still has the most cases, with nine cases of meningococcal confirmed in Orange County, as of Wednesday, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. As previously reported by the Florida Phoenix, 21 cases were reported in 10 counties earlier in April.

      But now, cases are climbing across the state, with health officials encouraging residents in high risks groups to consider getting a vaccine against meningococcal disease.

      Other counties with confirmed cases of the meningococcal disease include Leon (3), in the state capital; Duval (1) in North Florida; Lake (3), Seminole (2), Osceola (1) and Brevard (2), all surrounding Orange County; Miami-Dade (3) and Broward (2) in South Florida; Lee (1) in Southwest Florida; Hardee (1), Hillsborough (1) and Polk (3), also in Central Florida.

      The cases have been seen in various age groups, state data show, with more young people infected. For instance, six cases were reported for the age group of 20 and 24, followed by five cases in the 25 to 29 group, and six cases for the 30 to 34 group...

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          Source: https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/he...5-6b30799d6997

          Florida faces another meningococcal disease outbreak ahead of Pride
          The meningococcal outbreak is mostly impacting people living in Florida, but also those who have traveled to the state, the CDC says.
          Author: Jordan Highsmith
          Published: 10:49 PM EDT May 27, 2022
          Updated: 10:49 PM EDT May 27, 2022

          ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In response to an ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging travelers headed to Pride events in the state to get vaccinated.

          According to the CDC, the outbreak of serogroup C meningococcal disease in Florida is primarily impacting 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," the CDC said in a report. "This outbreak is mostly affecting people who live in Florida but has also affected some people who have traveled to Florida."...

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            Traveling to Florida for #Pride events? If you’re a gay or bisexual man, talk with your healthcare provider about getting a #meningococcal vaccine. Learn more about the vaccine and meningococcal disease outbreak in Florida: https://bit.ly/35Uqzmo.

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              Source: https://patch.com/florida/southtampa...officials-warn

              Meningitis Cases On The Rise, FL Health Officials Warn
              County health officials across Florida say meningitis cases have reached a five-year high and are urging residents to get vaccinated.
              D'Ann Lawrence White,
              Patch StaffVerified Patch Staff Badge
              Posted Wed, Jun 15, 2022 at 10:15 am ET

              ...There has been eight new cases reported in Florida since June 1, bringing the total number of cases since Jan. 1 to 43. The largest number of cases were reported in Orange County (13) cases.

              Other counties reporting cases include:

              4 — Lee County
              4 — Polk County
              3 — Leon County
              3 — Miami-Dade County
              3 — Lake County
              2 — Brevard County
              2 — Broward County
              2 — Seminole County

              One case each has been reported in Osceola, Palm Beach, Alachua, Collier, Duval, Hardee and Hillsborough counties.

              Eight cases have occurred in people age 30 to 34 years old, six in ages 25 to 29, six in ages 20 to 24, five in ages 35-39 and four in ages 45 to 49...

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                Source: https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/22/healt...eak/index.html

                24 cases, 7 deaths among gay and bisexual men reported in Florida meningococcal disease outbreak, CDC says
                By Naomi Thomas, CNN
                Updated 4:09 PM ET, Wed June 22, 2022

                (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida Department of Health are investigating "one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history," the CDC said Wednesday. So far, 24 cases and seven deaths among gay and bisexual men have been reported...

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                  Meningococcal Disease in Florida

                  There is an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, primarily among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, including those living with HIV. Leon County, FL, has also reported a cluster of meningococcal disease cases among college and university students.



                  Meningococcal Disease in Florida, 2022


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                  Meningococcal disease outbreak among men who have sex with men

                  In response to an ongoing outbreak of serogroup C meningococcal disease in Florida, CDC is encouraging gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men to:
                  • Get a MenACWY vaccine if they live in Florida1
                  • Talk with their healthcare provider about getting a MenACWY vaccine if they are traveling to Florida

                  In addition, CDC is highlighting that MenACWY vaccination is routinely recommended for all people with HIV in the United States.2

                  Meningococcal disease cluster among college and university students

                  In response to a cluster of serogroup B meningococcal disease cases in Florida, officials are recommending the following groups of college and university students in Leon County, FL, consider getting a MenB vaccine series3:
                  • College and university undergraduate students
                  • Students living in on-campus housing
                  • Those who participate in a fraternity or sorority

                  Find a meningococcal vaccine by contacting yourMeningococcal disease: Very serious, often deadly


                  The two most common types of meningococcal infections are meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and bloodstream infection, both of which can quickly become deadly. Three serogroups of meningococcal bacteria cause most meningococcal disease in the United States: B, C, and Y.

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                  Seek medical care right away if you have symptoms

                  Symptoms of meningococcal disease can first appear as a flu-like illness and rapidly worsen.
                  Serogroup C outbreak among men who have sex with men


                  There is a large, ongoing outbreak of serogroup C meningococcal disease in Floridaexternal icon, 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 is mostly affecting people who live in Florida but has also affected some people who have traveled to Florida.

                  MenACWY vaccination offers the best protection

                  In response to the serogroup C outbreak in Florida, CDC is encouraging gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (with or without HIV) to:
                  • Get a MenACWY vaccine if they live in Florida
                  • Talk with their healthcare provider about getting a MenACWY vaccine if they are traveling to Florida

                  Ideally, people would get vaccinated with one dose (or the 2-dose series for people with HIV) at least 2 weeks before traveling. Learn more about what gay and bisexual men need to know about meningococcal disease outbreakspdf icon.

                  CDC is also emphasizing the importance of routine MenACWY vaccination for people with HIV. For the best protection, people with HIV should make sure they have gotten their 2-dose primary series of a MenACWY vaccine and are up to date with booster doses. Learn more about what people living with HIV need to know about meningococcal diseasepdf icon.
                  Serogroup B cluster among college and university students


                  Leon County, FL, also reports an unrelated serogroup B meningococcal disease cluster among college and university studentsexternal icon. This cluster has only been reported to affect people living in Florida.

                  Serogroup B vaccination offers the best protection

                  In response to the serogroup B cluster in Florida, officials are recommending the following groups of college and university students in Leon County, FL, consider getting a MenB vaccine series:
                  • College and university undergraduate students
                  • Students living in on-campus housing
                  • Those who participate in a fraternity or sorority

                  Learn more about what people need to know about serogroup B meningococcal diseasepdf icon.
                  Finding and paying for meningococcal vaccination


                  If you are recommended meningococcal vaccination during an outbreak, it should be covered by your insurance provider. If you do not have insurance, a local health department should be able to provide your vaccination free of charge.

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                  Find a meningococcal vaccine by contacting your doctor’s office, pharmacy, community health center, or your local health department.

                  Footnotes
                  1. CDC routinely recommends MenACWY vaccine for children and adults at increased risk for meningococcal disease during an outbreak involving serogroups A, C, W, or Y. CDC also recommends a booster shot for those at increased risk due to an outbreak who received the vaccine more than 5 years ago.
                  2. CDC routinely recommends MenACWY vaccine for children and adults at increased risk for meningococcal disease, including those with HIV. People with HIV should get a 2-dose primary series of MenACWY vaccine, with the second dose given at least 8 weeks after the first, followed by a booster dose every 5 years. If someone completed their primary series before the age of 7 years, they should get their first booster dose 3 years later and then get a booster dose every 5 years.
                  3. CDC routinely recommends MenB vaccine for people 10 years or older who are at increased risk for meningococcal disease during an outbreak involving serogroup B. CDC also recommends a booster shot for those at increased risk due to an outbreak who received the vaccine more than 1 year ago.
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                  Meningococcal Disease Outbreaks: What Gay and Bisexual Men Need to Know


                  Page last reviewed: May 5, 2022

                  https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/outbreaks/FL2022.html

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