Dr. Jay Varma
New York City’s Health Department says it’s investigating three cases of meningitis that have developed in HIV-positive gay men over the last two weeks.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday was investigating a cluster of meningitis cases among HIV-positive gay men.
It first showed up in northern Manhattan and the Bronx, but the three most recent cases were reported on the Lower East Side.
There have been 20 confirmed cases of measles in the city during the past several weeks.
The health department said seven adults and nine children have been diagnosed to date and four people have been hospitalized.
The Health Department said there have been 30 reported cases of the infection caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium marinum.
New York City’s Board of Health voted Wednesday in favor of the mandatory vaccine for children under 6. The initiative takes effect in 30 days and will be required for about 150,000 children.
The New York City Department of Health said anyone who ate dessert at the Alta Restaurant, located at 64 W. 10th St. between March 23 to April should get a Hepatitis A vaccine as a “precautionary measure.”
The outbreak of meningitis among gay men has sickened four people already this year, increasing the number of cases to 17 since 2012, according to city health officials.
Officials said in the past month, at least one person has died and and another was hospitalized in critical condition from the outbreak.