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CDC touts vaccine for gay men for Florida meningitis surge

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Health officials are recommending that men in Florida who have sex with other men get a meningococcal vaccine following one of the worst outbreaks among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history of a bacteria that causes meningitis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Wednesday that there have been at least 24 cases and seven deaths among gay and bisexual men caused by the bacteria in Florida recently.

The CDC also recommended that gay and bisexual men traveling to Florida should ask their health care provider about getting the vaccine.

Symptoms include a sudden, high fever; headache; stiff neck; nausea or vomiting.

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