a rare meningococcal B epidemic worries Alsace

published on Wednesday 11 January 2023 at 12:55 p.m.

An epidemic of meningococcus B, which can cause meningitis, is progressing in Alsace. The Grand-Est Regional Health Agency has reported six cases in young adults, France 3 reports.

One person died.

The Grand-Est Regional Health Agency (ARS) is on alert. Since 3 November 2022, six cases of invasive group B meningococcal infection have been detected in the Strasbourg urban area: 5 people from the Strasbourg urban area and one person from Colmar. One of the patients died, France 3 reported.

The latest case was reported on January 9 by ARS in a press release. He is a young man of 16 who lives in Bas-Rhin. Like the other patients, he had to be hospitalized.

Vaccination is recommended for people who visit nightclubs

The epidemic was first discovered in a nightclub in Strasbourg. The ARS recommends that the public and professionals who frequent nightly parties in the center of Strasbourg, such as nightclubs, be vaccinated against meningococcal B. And this to avoid the occurrence of serious forms of the disease.

Because meningococci can cause very serious diseases such as meningitis or septicemia, the ARS specifies Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes on its website. Meningococcal bacteria are transmitted through the air or through saliva.

As of 5 January 2023, 151 people have received a first dose of vaccination at the International Vaccination Center at the new civil hospital in Strasbourg. To answer questions about this vaccination campaign, a free number has been set up: 0 800 32 04 00.

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