Vaccination Appears to Have Halted a Meningitis Outbreak

Source: New York Times | Page: A17

By: Hartocollis, Anemona


An aggressive vaccination campaign in New York City appears to have contained an outbreak of bacterial meningitis among gay and bisexual men that infected 22 people since 2010, seven of whom died. No new cases have been reported since mid-February, but Dr. Jay Varma, the city’s deputy commissioner of disease control, says it remains to be seen whether the vaccination campaign will offer protection for several years. Of the 30,000 to 100,000 people thought to be at risk, at least 16,000 were vaccinated, with vaccines being offered in gay bars, bathhouses, after-hours sex clubs, and private parties. Although health officials recommend that the vaccine continue to be made available to at-risk men, the fact that some do not identify themselves as gay or bisexual means they may not be reached by vaccination and public health campaigns focused on gay organizations.

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