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Meningitis outbreak in L.A. gay community prompts plea for vaccinations

Meningitis outbreak in L.A. gay community prompts plea for vaccinations

Los Angeles County public health officials and LGBT advocates are urging gay and bisexual men to get meningitis vaccinations, citing a recent outbreak of potentially deadly meningococcal disease that is disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men.

There have been 17 confirmed cases of invasive meningococcal disease confirmed in the county so far this year, including 12 in the last two months, Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the interim director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health, said Thursday. 

Eight have been among gay or bisexual men, including seven within the last two...

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