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Gay men warned of deadly bacterial meningitis

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The meningitis vaccine can prevent the illness, so health officials are strongly urging men to get vaccinated before traveling to the city. The meningitis vaccine can prevent the illness, so health officials are strongly urging men to get vaccinated before traveling to the city.

Gay men who may be traveling to New York City for Pride Month events are being warned by public health officials to be aware of the risk for deadly bacterial meningitis, according to NBC News.

Since 2010, 22 men have become infected with the virus, and seven have died.

The rate of this type of meningitis is 50 times higher among gay men in New York City than the rest of the population.

In a small percentage of cases, the virus caused a blood stream infection, and death occurred within 24 hours.

The virus is spread via contact with upper respiratory secretions, so sharing cigarettes, living in close quarters and kissing are all factors that could spread the virus.

The meningitis vaccine can prevent the illness, so health officials are strongly urging men to get vaccinated before traveling to the city.

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