If you’re dealing with a stiff neck, a fever that appeared suddenly, and a headache, there’s a chance you might be affected by meningococcal disease. There’s a recent outbreak of the disease in Florida, and authorities are concerned.
Aol.com tells us more about the situation in the American state of Florida, and the same publication reveals that a top doctor even says that the outbreak is worse than monkeypox. That person is Dr. Ulyee Choe, who’s a statewide medical director for the Department of Health of Florida. Meningitis is more severe than monkeypox, as it can be more deadly, according to the doctor. Monkeypox hasn’t killed anyone in the US.
A 25% death rate for meningococcal disease in Florida
Chloe reveals the terrifying numbers of meningococcal disease in Florida. Forty-eight cases of infection with the disease were reported in Florida this year. Twelve patients from those 48 died as a result of the infection, which means a terrifying death rate of almost 25%. That practically means a quarter of the infected people.
Oddly enough, both monkeypox and meningococcal disease appear to spread mainly among gay and bisexual men.
Dr. José R. Romero, who is director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, stated the following in the CDC news release a while ago, as CNN quotes:
Getting vaccinated against meningococcal disease is the best way to prevent this serious illness, which can quickly become deadly,
Because of the outbreak in Florida, and the number of Pride events being held across the state in coming weeks, it’s important that gay and bisexual men who live in Florida get vaccinated, and those traveling to Florida talk to their healthcare provider about getting a MenACWY vaccine.
As for monkeypox, another piece of information surfaced online a few days ago claiming that even kids can suffer from the viral disease and that the illness might be even worse for them compared to cases of adults.