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West Hollywood officials warn of meningitis

Posted: April 12, 2013 2:48 p.m.
Updated: April 12, 2013 2:48 p.m.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — West Hollywood officials are warning sexually active gay men of a potentially deadly bacterial meningitis strain.

Councilman John Duran said Friday a case detected in Los Angeles County may be from a similar strain that circulated among gay men in New York City.

That outbreak infected 22 people and has killed 10 people since 2010.

Federal health authorities say meningitis isn't a death sentence, but those who survive may have serious complications including brain damage and hearing loss.

Duran says officials don't want to cause panic, but are taking an active stance to avoid the delays in response to AIDS 30 years ago.

The illness is not spread by casual contact, but sex and kissing could cause transmission. Symptoms include stiff neck, fever and nausea.


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