Seventh Illinois case of meningitis identified

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Health officials have identified another case in a serious outbreak of meningitis affecting gay and bisexual men in the Chicago area.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Julie Morita says a seventh case was identified over the weekend. It is the sixth case in Chicago and the seventh in Illinois.

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One person has died. Another person remains hospitalized and two are confined to rehabilitation facilities. Morita says that shows how serious the infection can be.

Morita held a meeting Thursday morning with Chicago aldermen to enlist their support.

The majority of individuals who have been identified as having meningitis have been African-American men.

The city’s health department has distributed 11,000 vaccines to pharmacies and other providers. The department has given more than 5,100 vaccines to residents directly.

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