Meningitis in gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (MSM)

Outbreaks and clusters of meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis, have been reported among men who have sex with men (MSM) across the U.S. Meningococcal disease is a rare, sometimes deadly, bacterial infection. It can strike quickly and lead to devastating complications such as hearing loss, brain or kidney damage or limb amputations. The most recent was an outbreak among gay and bisexual men in Chicago. This meningococcal disease outbreak included 11 confirmed cases, including one death. In New York City, the last case of an outbreak among MSM was reported in December 2014. The outbreak, which began in August 2010, included at least 22 cases and seven deaths. Clusters and isolated cases among gay men and MSM have occurred in other parts of the country, such as Los Angeles and Miami. Early symptoms can be similar to the flu or other viral infections, often leading to a misdiagnosis. But … Continue reading Meningitis in gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (MSM)