The US state of Virginia has declared a statewide outbreak of meningococcal disease. So far five people have died due to complications from this uncommon but severe illness, Virginia Department of Health revealed.
Since June 2022, a total of 27 Meningococcal cases have been reported. They all have reportedly stemmed from the Neisseria meningitidis type Y bacteria.
Most affected patients fall within the age range of 30 to 60 and are predominantly Black or African American, with just one case among the 27 having received vaccination for Neisseria meningitidis type Y.