State Issues Meningococcal Disease Alert

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is investigating a case of possible exposure to meningococcal disease at a Houston event in mid-April that had thousands of attendees, DSHS announced in an alert through the Texas Public Health Information Network.

DSHS announced a laboratory-confirmed case of invasive Neisseria meningitidis in a person who attended the Bunnies on the Bayou social event on April 16. N. meningitidis is the bacteria that causes meningococcal disease. Event organizers say the event's attendees came from multiple states.

Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious infection of the meninges that affects the brain membrane, according to the World Health Organization. Symptoms include a stiff neck, high fever, sensitivity to light, confusion, headache, and vomiting. 

The patient's high-risk close contacts have been identified, and the patient has received postexposure prophylaxis, according to the alert. But other people who attended the event could be at risk. People who can report cases of possible exposure are asked to contact DSHS via the state's all-hours Disease Reporting Line at (800) 705-8868.

Action, May 1, 2017

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May 01, 2017

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