3 Dead in Meningitis Outbreak in L.A. Gay Community

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Three men sickened during a meningitis outbreak in L.A.’s gay community have died, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Thursday.


A line of people await free meningitis vaccinations at an AIDS Healthcare Foundation facility in West Hollywood in 2013. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The department announced earlier this week that there have been eight cases of invasive meningococcal disease in the county so far this year. Four cases occurred in men who have sex with men. On Thursday, officials said three of them had died, officials said. The victims were 27 or 28.

Some of those sickened lived or socialized in West Hollywood and North Hollywood, officials said.

The county will provide free vaccinations for patients without health insurance, starting Thursday. Those interested can call 211 or visit the department’s website to get a listing of provider clinics.

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