Meningococcal Meningitis and MSM - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Meningococcal Meningitis and MSM

Updated 5/20/16

Outbreaks of meningococcal disease serogroup C among men who have sex with men (MSM) have been reported in the U.S. (NYC, LA) and in Europe. The risk of meningococcal disease increases when a person is HIV infected. MDH recommends that MSM get vaccinated, especially those who are HIV-infected.

In June 2015, the Chicago metro area reported an outbreak of meningococcal disease among MSM, and have identified that all cases were caused by Neisseria menigiditis serogroup C. Sporadic cases of meningococcal disease continue to be reported in Chicago.

In July 2015, Minnesota identified a case of meningitis serogroup C. The Minnesota case was an MSM and HIV infected. Lab tests showed that the Minnesota case was connected to the outbreak in Chicago.

If you have symptoms of meningococcal disease, contact your health care provider immediately.

Getting vaccinated:

  • Individuals who are MSM, especially if they are HIV infected, are recommended to receive meningococcal vaccine.

  • Please see your health care professional to get vaccinated.

Recommendations for health professionals:

  • Vaccinate MSM, especially those who are HIV infected because of their increased risk of invasive disease, and anyone who expresses concern about their risk related to the current outbreak.
  • Watch for symptoms of meningitis, including headache, stiff neck, confusion, etc.
  • Call MDH at (651) 201-5414 if you have questions.

More information about meningococcal disease:

More information from other areas:

Meningococcal disease has been confirmed in several men living in the Chicago area. More information from areas that have been affected:

Updated Friday, May 20, 2016 at 08:39AM