WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County health officials are urging gay men to get vaccinated for meningitis after three recent deaths.
The county and gay advocates are holding free clinics for people without health insurance.
Health officials say eight people in Los Angeles County fell ill recently from meningitis, a rare bacterial infection.
Three of them died and involved men who had sex with other men. Two who died were HIV-positive.
Meningitis infections occasionally pop up in places where people are in close contact such as on college campuses and prisons. The germ can't be spread through casual contact.
Outbreaks have occurred in the gay community in recent years in New York City, Chicago and Toronto. While the risk is considered low, health experts say people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible.