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Meningococcal Disease Outbreak
Sep 30, 2012

I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but I figured it's a good place to start. The NYC Dept of Health is reporting a "cluster of potentially lethal invasive meningococcal disease". It seems that all of the individuals infected were also HIV+, but the report does not mention anything about the status of the individuals' health prior to infection, i.e. previously diagnosed, on HAART, low CD4 counts, etc. Do you know anything more about this, in particular how great a threat this might be to the HIV+ community. Thanks.

Response from Dr. McGowan

At this point, we do not have a lot of information about the cases. The health advisory is basically asking for increased vigilance for the signs and symptoms of meningitis (high fever, stiff neck, headache, rash) and that prolonged close contacts of the cases need to come forward so that depending on the exposure they might receive treatment with antibiotics.

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