DPH Urging Gay Men Who May Have Contact With Infected NYC Man To Consider Getting Meningococcal Vaccine

Jun 14, 2013 -- 4:54pm

The Delaware Division of Public Health is asking gay men from Delaware who may have had contact with a man who may be from New York City to talk with their doctors about possibly needing a meningococcal vaccination.

Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection that can spread to the bloodstream, and the linings of the brain and spinal cord. The disease can be contracted not only through contact, but also by living in close quarters with an infected person. Symptoms can develop quickly, and the disease can quickly turn fatal. The New York City Health Department has reported 22 cases of the disease since 2010. Delaware only averages one to two cases of the disease per year.

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