City Tackles Meningitis in Brooklyn
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
The New York Times
29 June 2006
City health officials yesterday announced a novel assault on a large meningitis outbreak in Brooklyn, seeking to vaccinate thousands of drug users and others in and around Bedford-Stuyvesant against the bacterium that has sickened 23 people and killed eight of them.
That group of cases, over the past seven months, "is one of the largest outbreaks of meningitis described in the U.S. literature in the last couple of decades," said Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden. And the department's response, a mass vaccination for meningococcal meningitis, made possible by a new, more effective vaccine, appears to be the first in the city's history, he said.
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