CDPH: No reported meningitis in Chicago despite coastal cases

Tue. April 16, 2013 8:12 AM by Windy City Media Group

Chicago, IL - Reported cases of the disease that causes meningitis among gay and bisexual men on both U.S. coasts have LGBT people across the country on alert, but Chicago officials say that no case has been reported in Chicago.

Public health officials have been on alert since Brett Shaad, a 33-year-old West Hollywood lawyer died April 12 after attending an Easter gathering for gay men in Los Angeles, according to the L.A. Times.

Meningitis cases have been headline news among LGBTs since September, when New York City's health department alerted citizens to four cases of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men.

Cases on opposite sides of the country have sparked fears of an outbreak among gay and bisexual men.

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