Florida reports new case of meningococcal disease in Polk County



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In a meningococcal disease monitoring Florida outbreak in early 2022, Florida state health officials reported an additional case in Polk County this week – the second in the county and the 22nd confirmed case reported this year so far in all the state.

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The 22 cases from January 1 to April 14, 2022 represent a dramatic increase from the five confirmed cases reported during the same period in 2021.

27 confirmed cases were reported in 2021.

Cases by county to date are: Brevard (2), Hardee (1), Hillsborough (1), Lake (3), Leon (3), Miami-Dade (2), Orange (6), Osceola ( 1), Polk (2) and Seminole (1).

Last week, the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an epidemic of meningococcal disease primarily among gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men, including those living with HIV.

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The CDC encourages gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men to:

  • Get a MenACWY vaccine if they live in Florida
  • Talk to their health care provider about getting a MenACWY vaccine if they are traveling to Florida

In addition, the CDC highlights the following existing meningococcal vaccine recommendations:

  • MenACWY vaccination is routinely recommended for all people living with HIV in the United States
  • Young adults in the United States, including students, can choose to get the MenB vaccine

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