Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser of the L.A. County Department of Public Health


Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser of the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health discusses an invasive meningococcal disease outbreak that has hit gay and bisexual men disproportionately. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Soumya Karlamangla

July 30th 2016 3:00 AM

 As cases of meningitis, a rare and potentially fatal disease, popped up in cities nationwide over the past several years, public health officials noticed a trend: many of those infected were gay men. There’s no known medical reason why meningitis, which is transmitted through saliva, would spread more among gay and bisexual men. Yet New York, Chicago andnow Southern California have experienced outbreaks disproportionately affecting that population.

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