Health Department Warns Gay Men About Uptick In Meningitis


PLANNED A DAY OF TRIBUTE ON MONDAY INCLUDING A CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE OUTSIDE THAT NIGHTCLUB. NOW TO A VERY UNUSUAL RARE HEALTH ALERT FROM L.A. COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR ANY WITHIN GOING TO WEST HOLLYWOOD’S PRIDE WEEKEND. JEFF NGUYEN IS LIVE IN WEHO WITH MORE. REPORTER: SOME OF THE FIREFIGHTERS AS WELL AS IS THE SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES, SECURITY IS BEING DOUBLED THIS WEEKEND COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO BUT DURING L.A. PRIDE THIS WEEKEND, THERE ARE CONCERNS OF AN INVISIBLE THREAT THAT COULD BE SPREAD THROUGH SALIVA. AS NIGHT FALLS ON WEST HOLLYWOOD THE L.A. COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH IS SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE UNUSUAL SPREAD OF MENINGITIS AMONG GAY MEN. DEREK SAYS HE RECENTLY GOT VACCINATED. I’M A GUY AND JUST FOR EXTRA PROTECTION. SINCE LAST YEAR L.A. COUNTY HAS HAD 29 CASES OF MENINGITIS. TEN INVOLVE GAY MEN. ABOUT A THIRD OF THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN VACCINATED T. HOPE IS MORE GAY PEOPLE WILL LEARN ABOUT THE INCREASE IN THE DISEASE DURING L.A. PRIDE. THIS WEEKEND’S FESTIVITIES COME A YEAR AFTER THE MASSACRE THAT KILLED NEARLY 50 PEOPLE IN ORLANDO. SO SCARY. I WORRY SOMETIMES GOING OUT. ON SUNDAY THE TRADITIONAL PARADE WILL BE REPLACED AS A RESIST MARCH. I THINK WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE CONGRESS AND WHITE HOUSE. DURING THE MARCH STREETS WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND AND WEST HOLLYWOOD PARK. UNTIL THEN THIS GROUP CHANGED THE STREET LIGHTS TO SPREAD A MESSAGE OF INCLUSION. NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE YOU SHOULD WALK PROUD. ACTIVISM IS ALSO THE GOAL OF THIS VAN SPREADING AWARENESS ABOUT HIV BUT HE SAYS HIS COMMUNITY SHOULDN’T TOP THERE. NEVER BRING UP MENINGITIS. SO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS THAT FREE VACCINATIONS ARE BEING OFFERED

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