Chicago expands vaccination locations to control meningitis outbreak

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The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced that it is expanding its vaccination locations to control an ongoing meningitis outbreak in the Chicago area.

This decision was made in the light of a meningitis case that was confirmed in Chicago. This new patient marks the sixth meningitis case in Chicago which was the seventh case in Illinois. The outbreak originally began within the men who have sex with men (MSM) community in June. The majority of meningitis cases have been found among gay African-American men.

“Even though the number of cases is small, due to the severity of disease, we must continue our intensive, focused response,” CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita said. “We know that vaccination is the best tool to end this outbreak and we continue to partner with local community advocates and health care providers to find and vaccinate our most vulnerable residents.”

The CDPH has been closely investigating and monitoring all of the cases, and officials are working toward treating the impacted population.

“We applaud CDPH’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of meningitis,” Alderman Will Burns, a member of the African American caucus who attended this morning’s briefing, said. “We will continue to work with CDPH and community organizations to encourage residents to get vaccinated.”