Three new cases of meningococcal disease, including one resulting in the patient’s death, have been reported in Orange County over the past week, health officials said Wednesday.
The outbreak has prompted officials to encourage gay and bisexual men to get vaccinated because the disease “disproportionately” affects men who have sex with men, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
The outbreak began several months ago in the Southland, particularly affecting Orange and Los Angeles counties.
The disease is transmitted from one person to another, sometimes by sharing utensils, drinks or cigarettes. The infection can lead to meningitis and can be fatal. Symptoms include fever, body aches, a stiff neck and headaches.
Vaccinations can be obtained at no cost at two walk-in clinics at 1725 W. 17th St. in Santa Ana. For more information, call (800) 564-8448.
–City News Service