The Delaware Division of Public Health is encouraging men who have sex with men (MSM) and who may have had intimate contact with a man who was known to be from NYC, to discuss the need for meningococcal vaccination with their physician.
NYC is reporting an ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease in men who have sex with men. Since 2010, the city has reported more than 20 cases with seven fatalities. There has not been any increase in Delaware cases of meningococcal disease and no clusters or trends in age or sex have been identified thus far.
Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection cause by the bacterium neisseria meningitides (also called meningococcus). Meningococcal meningitis occurs when the infection involves the lining of the brain and spinal cord.
For more information, call (800) 282-8672 or visit delawarerelay.com.