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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating one of the worst. Meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men In the history of the United States, says a recent press release.
“Getting vaccinated against meningococcal disease is the best way to prevent this serious disease, which can quickly lead to death,” the doctor said. Romero, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Jose R.
“Due to the epidemic in Florida and the number of Pride events to be held across the state in the coming weeks, gay and bisexual men living in Florida should be vaccinated, and those going to Florida should talk to their health care provider. MenACWY vaccine. “
The agency reported at least 24 cases and six deaths among gay and bisexual men, about half of whom were Spanish men.
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The current epidemic has affected some Florida residents as well as some who have visited the state.
The CDC recommends the MenACWY vaccine, which protects against meningococcal disease caused by four strains of meningococcal bacteria – A, C, W and Y.
The agency noted that all HIV patients should be vaccinated regularly with the MenACWY vaccine.
The disease is caused by serotype C, but there are six serotypes that cause the disease worldwide, but mainly serotypes B, C and Y cause the most cases of meningococcus in the United States.
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The CDC also monitors the incidence of monkey disease in countries that typically do not report the disease, with initial data being more prevalent among gays, bisexuals, and other men who have had sex with men.
As of June 23, there were 173 cases of monkey / orthopoxvirus infection in the United States, including approximately 16 cases in Florida, according to the CDC website.
It is caused by a bacterium called meningococcal disease neisseria meningitidis.
About 10% of people are colonized by bacteria in the back of the nose and throat, so they are “carriers” that carry bacteria in the body without getting sick.
It is spread through close contact, usually through coughing, kissing, or prolonged contact.
It is not as contagious as the flu or flu germs, so people with meningococcal infections cannot be infected by breathing air or “accidentally” in the air.
However, when bacteria enter the body, they can cause two main diseases: septicemia, in which bacteria enter the bloodstream and damage organs; and meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.
Typical symptoms of meningitis range from flu-like symptoms to rapid fever, headaches, and stiff neck because the bacteria infect the protective layer of the brain and spinal cord.
Meningococcal septicemia, also called meningococcemia, is caused by bacteria that multiply, destroy the walls of blood vessels, and bleed into the skin and other organs, often leading to dark red rashes in the later stages of the disease.
Symptoms of septicemia also include fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, cold feet, shortness of breath, and severe pain in muscles, joints, chest, or abdomen.
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“People can find a meningococcal vaccine at their doctor’s office, pharmacy, public health center or local health department. Insurance workers must pay for meningococcal vaccine for people recommended during an epidemic. Anyone in Florida can get a MenACWY vaccine during the district. free at the Department of Health, ”said the CDC.