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A large outbreak of meningococcal disease — a potentially deadly infection — has been reported among gay and bisexual men in Florida, according to health officials, who are urging people in these populations to get vaccinated against the disease.

Officials with the Florida Department of Health (opens in new tab) said on April 7 that the number of cases of meningococcal disease reported in the state this year had surpassed the state’s five-year average. The outbreak is primarily affecting gay and bisexual men in Florida, including people with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (opens in new tab). Some cases have also been reported in people who traveled to Florida. 

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