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Weho Meningitis Strain Not Highly Related to Other Cases in County

The Los Angeles County Health Department said that a full-scale vaccination campaign is not recommended.

The strain of meningitis that caused the death of West Hollywood resident Brett Shaad is not highly related to any recent outbreaks, including one that has infeccted 22 bisexual and gay men in New York City in recent months.

"Public Health has not identified any other cases of meningococcal disease associated with this patient, nor identified any linkage between this patient and cases being reported in other areas of the country," the press release stated.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the strain was in seriogroup C, "the same as the three other cases of meningococcal disease among men with a history of sexual contact with other men, reported in Los Angeles since December 2012."

However, public health officials reported that a reading of the strain's genetic footprint showed that it is "it is not highly related to other cases
reported in Los Angeles County, Southern California, or New York City."

As a result of those findings, the press release states that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the public health department "do not recommend a vaccination campaign in response to the present situation of meningococcal disease in Los Angeles County."

Nevertheless, the public health department said that individuals who are concerned about contracting the disease should not feel discouraged from seeking vaccination.

For low-income and uninsured residents in Los Angeles County, the department of health services is offering free meningococcal vaccine at Urgent Care sites. A listing of sites offering the vaccine can be found here.

George April 20, 2013 at 07:05 AM
So much for a certain council members dire warning. Glad the REAL authorities put out this statement.
Caroline L. Petrie April 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM
The Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA), a national organization, would like the public & media to know that information is available regarding the diagnosis, treatment & prevention of meningitis. MFA was founded in 1997 by parents whose children were affected by meningitis. In addition to supporting vaccination & preventing meningitis, the MFA provides information to educate the public & medical professionals so that the early diagnosis, treatment &, most important, prevention of meningitis, will save lives. Meningitis is a dangerous & often times fatal inflammation of the brain &/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems MFA would like to be considered as a news resource for the disease. For further information, visit the MFA website at www musa org. Thank you, MFA Box 1818 El Mirage AZ 85335 480 270 2652 World Meningitis Day 24 April 2013 www comoonline org Educate~Vaccinate~Eradicate

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