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Two Additional Meningitis Deaths Identified in Southern California

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation said yesterday it had identified two previous deaths it attributed to a deadly form of meningitis, NBC Los Angeles reports:

SpoonRjay Spoon, 30, of downtown Los Angeles died on Dec. 16; and an unidentified 30-year-old San Diego State University student who lived in Chula Vista died on Dec. 10.

Casey Hayden, who was Rjay Spoon's partner, said he woke up one night to find Spoon vomiting. Spoon's symptoms puzzled doctors until it was too late, he said.

"We went to the hospital and the first thing they said it was was a drug overdose," Hayden told reporters Tuesday. "Then they said it was extremely advanced HIV, which was not the case. He was negative."

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation told the L.A. Times it gave hundreds of vaccinations on Monday to people who showed up at its facilities:

The organization, which initially ordered about 1,000 doses and plans to acquire more, said it would continue providing the shots as needed.

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has provided an FAQ about bacterial meningitis on its site for those of you with questions about the disease and where you can get vaccinated.

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  1. The "two additional cases" are months old. It is unrelated to this, but it is John Duran trying to saving his ass after he jumped the gun and made some rather libelous remarks about the gay community. He went on about how this is spread at gay orgies. Sorry, but meningitis is not sexually transmitted.

    One of the two cases wasn't in LA but in San Diego. They are really reaching to justify Duran issuing an "alarm" last Friday.

    Posted by: James Peron | Apr 17, 2013 5:58:42 PM

  2. One would think that most doctors would have some inkling of meningitis symptoms....

    Posted by: billmiller | Apr 28, 2013 10:51:12 AM

  3. yes, this is obviously reporting cherry picking the gay cases to report where there were probably a small handful of cases in heterosexuals too

    this story and most of the comments just goes to show how scientifically illiterate our society is

    Posted by: MaddM@ | May 3, 2013 9:11:33 AM

  4. @billmiller, They do, just not very frequently.
    Unfortunately doctors are subject to the same familiarity biases as the rest of us, so without real time reporting in consulting rooms these mishaps shall remain.

    Breeders ought to be greatfull that certain types of disease vectors coincide with a more socially active community, thus proactively protecting everyone.

    Posted by: rdiac | May 21, 2013 12:08:10 PM

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