BOSTON — With no new reports of infections since February of the deadly strain of bacterial meningitis that has disproportionately affected gay men, health officials in New York are breathing a sigh of relief, CBS 2 reports.
“We’re very pleased that it appears the outbreak has been stopped. It’s the longest period we’ve gone without a case since the beginning of 2011,” Dr. Jay Varma, the deputy health commissioner for disease control, told radio station WCBS 880.
Earlier this year, officials from the New York City Department of Health urged gay, bisexual men and men who have sex with men, living or visiting New York to get a meningitis vaccine after a deadly strain of meningitis hit the area nearly three years ago, leaving some men dead before they could even see a doctor.
After the announcement was made, the health department warned the city’s LGBT population directly through advertisements on blogs, websites and mobile gay hookup apps, CBS 2 reports.
In total 22 men were infected with the new strain of meningitis and seven died since 2010. Health officials were confused as to why the virus was impacting the gay community.