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CDC Warns Muslim Pilgrims to Saudi Arabia of Meningitis Outbreak

Muslim pilgrims attending the annual Hajj could be at risk for meningitis due to outbreaks occurring in Saudi Arabia, U.S. health officials warned this week.

Twelve cases of meningitis linked to Umrah travel to Saudi Arabia have been reported to national health agencies in three countries, the CDC said in a travel health notice...

CDC Warns of Spike in Bacterial Illness That Can Cause Meningitis

There has been a troubling rise in cases of a rare bacterial illness that can cause meningitis, U.S. health officials warned Thursday.

In an alert issued to doctors, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 422 cases of one type ...

Co-founder of Company Behind Deadly 2012 Meningitis Outbreak Gets Up to 15 Years in Prison

Barry Cadden, co-founder of a specialty compounding pharmacy behind a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012, has been handed a prison sentence of 10 to 15 years in Michigan for involuntary manslaughter.

On Tuesday, Cadden pleaded no contest to the charges against him, the Associated Press reported.

His sentence will be served concurrently with the 14 1/2-year sentence he is ...

Bacterial Meningitis in Childhood Can Devastate the Lives of Survivors

Infection in childhood with bacterial meningitis leaves one-third of survivors with long-term neurological damage, often severe, a new study shows.

The disease is rare and easily treated with antibiotics. However, as Swedish researchers point out, antibiotics take time to penetrate the brain's protective barrier.

That leaves time for the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium, ...

Improved Meningitis Vaccine May Be On the Way

A new vaccine recommended Wednesday by independent advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could provide more comprehensive protection from meningitis.

The shot would protect against five types of bacteria causing meningococcal disease, one more than now covered in a single vaccine, CNN reported.

The CDC is weighing the advisers' recommendation.


CDC Advisors Say High-Risk Men Should Still Get MPox Vaccine

High-risk men should still get their mpox vaccinations even after the ongoing outbreak ends, advisors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday.

That vulnerable group includes men who have sex with men; people who have more than one sexual partner; those who have recently had a sexually transmitted disease; and people who are at higher risk for infection...

Meningitis Cases Rising Among Gay Men With HIV

Meningococcal disease -- which includes meningitis -- appears to be on the rise among Americans infected with HIV, new research reveals.

Researchers stress that the risk to any one person remains exceedingly rare, regardless of their HIV status.

Each year between 2017 and 2021 HIV-positive patients accounted for five to 15 cases of the bacterial disease, which typically shows up as ...

CDC Raises Alarm About Meningitis Threat to Patients Visiting Mexican Surgical Clinics

U.S. health officials are urgently trying to reach people who've recently had medical procedures at clinics in Matamoros, Mexico, because they may be at risk of potentially fatal fungal meningitis.

Those at risk had procedures done under epidural anesthesia between Jan. 1 and May 13 at River Side Surgical Center and Clinica K-3 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Contr...

Troubling Signs TB Is Gaining Resistance Against Combo Antibiotics

New drugs may be needed to fight the deadliest form of tuberculosis, because it may no longer respond to current treatments.

An animal study by Johns Hopkins University researchers found that an approved antibiotic regimen may not work for TB meningitis due to multidrug-resistant str...

CDC Warns of Deadly Outbreak of Meningitis Among Gay Men in Florida

One of the worst meningitis outbreaks in U.S. history has prompted public health officials to urge gay and bisexual men who live in Florida or plan to visit the state to get vaccinated right away.

Twenty-four cases of meningitis (

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  • Meningitis Vaccine May Guard Against Gonorrhea

    Rates of gonorrhea are on the rise, and this sexually transmitted disease is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, raising fears of a potential superbug.

    Luckily, while there isn't a vaccine against gonorrhea yet, an available meningitis vaccine may offer some protection against this STD, two new studies suggest.

    There are two vaccines available in the United States that c...

    Pharmacy Exec Behind Meningitis Outbreak Gets Longer Prison Sentence

    A longer prison sentence has been handed to the founder of a now-closed Massachusetts pharmaceutical facility responsible for the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 100 people and sickened hundreds of others.

    Barry Cadden, who was president and co-owner of the New England Compounding Center (NECC), received a 14-and-a-half year sentence from a federal judge Wednesday.

    Cadden was ...

    16 Candles? Time for Your Meningitis Shot, Molly Ringwald Says

    Leslie Maier lost her son, Chris, to meningococcal meningitis more than 15 years ago, but by telling his story she hopes to educate other parents about this rare but potentially deadly illness that a vaccine can prevent.

    Soon after Chris passed away in 2005, Maier joined the board of the National Meningitis Foundation. Now she leads the foundation's new initiative, called the 16 Vaccine c...

    Baby's Meningitis Case Highlights Growing Danger of Antibiotic Resistance

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria affected the treatment of meningitis at a major children's hospital in Washington, D.C.

    This single case at Children's National Hospital raises concerns about drug resistance in the common bacterium that caused the infection, and researchers say it could change lab and clinical procedures around the world.

    Normally, when doctors first suspect m...

    Measles Complications Can Affect Every Organ: Study

    Hepatitis, appendicitis and viral meningitis are among the serious complications that can occur when you get the measles, doctors warn in a new report.

    The study -- which outlines cases involving three adults who developed major complications -- is also a reminder of the importance of vaccination against the illness.

    Measles is highly contagious, but it's also easily prevent...

    Deadly Meningitis B Targets College Students

    College students face a much higher risk for the deadly bacterial infection meningitis B, a new analysis shows.

    Investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that students who were aged 18 to 24 were 3.5 times more likely to contract meningitis B than their peers who were not in school.

    The research team, led by Dr. Sarah Mbaeyi from the CDC's...