FLORIDA – The Sunshine State is reportedly home to a meningococcal disease outbreak that mainly impacts men who have sex with other men, according to the CDC.
On June 22nd, the CDC announced their intention to assist with an ongoing meningococcal disease outbreak investigation in Florida, with the agency claiming the matter to be “one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history,” with 24 reported cases and six reported deaths at the time of the June 22nd press release.
Apparently, serogroup C meningococcal disease is the strain impacting the gay and bisexual community in Florida, but the CDC also acknowledged “a cluster of serogroup B meningococcal disease cases in Florida” surging within college and university campuses.
Both serogroups reportedly require different vaccines. The CDC recommends that gay and bisexual men take the MenACWY vaccine in response to serogroup C strains, and university students consider getting a MenB vaccine for the serogroup B strains.
The CDC stressed in their announcement that meningococcal disease is “very serious, often deadly,” citing the two most common diseases caused by these strains being a bloodstream infection and meningitis (which lines the brain and spinal cord).
Weeks earlier, in late May, the CDC also issued a warning directed at the gay and bisexual male community about another ailment for which they’re at a higher risk – that disease being Monkeypox.
Apparently, while Monkeypox can be transmitted to anyone via “close personal contact,” no matter someone’s orientation-based sexual exploits, the CDC found that said disease was cropping up predominantly within gay and bisexual men.
Despite the main cause of the spread of Monkeypox being men having sex with each other, the CDC asserted that it is not being classified as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) due to the fact that infections can occur without the initiation of sexual contact.
Considering the disease itself is called Monkeypox, therein lies the possibility of animal-to-human transmission which the CDC stated such infections can occur via a “bite or scratch, bush meat preparation, direct contact with body fluids or lesion material, or indirect contact with lesion material, such as through contaminated bedding.”
As we previously reported here at Red Voice Media, the issued notice over Monkeypox adversely impacting the gay and bisexual male community predictably created a degree of panic among the said community to rush out and get the Monkeypox vaccine that was available in limited numbers.
For example, the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic in New York City earlier in June played host to literal lines of people waiting outside for a chance to get a walk-in appointment for the Monkeypox vaccine. The clinic only received approximately 1,000 doses from the CDC. Speculating on the matter, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine admitted that it was “far, far too little” with respect to anticipating demand.