NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday was investigating a cluster of meningitis cases among HIV-positive gay men.
Three cases of bacterial meningitis have been reported in Brooklyn and Queens since Aug. 24, and two of the three cases have been reported since Tuesday, police said.
An outbreak in a similar demographic between 2010 and February 2013 with 22 cases and seven fatalities, the department reported.
The department recommended meningitis vaccination for all HIV-positive men with men. Vaccinations were also advised for men who regularly hook up with other men through a website, app, or at a bar or party – regardless of their HIV status.
As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, Health Department Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control Dr. Jay Varma said meningitis can be fatal if not treated immediately.