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Acute Communicable Disease Control


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County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, #212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856
Email:acdc2@ph.lacounty.gov
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Acute Communicable Disease Control

INCREASE IN MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE AMONG ADULT MALES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

There has been a recent increase in cases of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) among men living in Southern California, most of whom are men who have sex with men (MSM). The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends meningococcal vaccine for gay/MSM at higher risk of IMD. Also, it is recommended that all HIV-infected persons (2 months of age and older) be routinely vaccinated with the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate (MCV4).

For information on meningococcal vaccination and recommendations for gay men and men who have sex with men visit.

For meningococcal vaccination clinics visit.
Para las cínicas de vacunación contra meningocócica visita.


Meningitis and Meningococcal Disease

image of a brainMeningitis - inflammation or infection of the membrane covering the spinal cord and brain - is most commonly caused by a virus or a bacteria. While meningitis caused by either organism is serious, viral meningitis is typically not a severe illness and is rarely fatal. Bacterial meningitis can be quite serious depending on the organism - particularly if caused by S. pneumoniae or N. meningitidis.

Meningococcal disease - infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis - usually causes meningitis or meningococcemia (blood stream infection) which can develop very rapidly. It is considered a very serious public health emergency and is fatal in about one in 10 patients. Prophylaxis is recommended for close contacts.

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Reporting, Diagnosis, and Disease Investigation


Meningococcal Disease (For Health Officers and Communicable Disease Controllers)


 

Meningococcal Disease
Frequently Asked Questions
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Meningitis Information for Gay Men and MSM
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