Los Angeles-area meningitis case not tied to New York, elsewhere

Ohio Students Receive Meningitis Vaccine

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Dixie Morris of the Columbiana County Health Department prepares a meningitis vaccine June 8, 2001 in Salem, Ohio.

Los Angeles County health officials say the bacterial meningitis that killed a 33-year-old West Hollywood man this month isn't the same form of the illness that has killed several people in New York.

County health officials said Monday that they read the genetic fingerprints of the illness that was reported April 9 and it isn't "highly related" to other cases in New York City or Southern California.

The death of Brett Shaad earlier this month caused outcry from local officials, who feared an outbreak may be afoot in the gay community.

In New York City, a strain of the illness circulated among gay men and infected 22 people, resulting in seven fatalities, since 2010.

LA officials say there is no outbreak here.

Federal health authorities are also testing the samples.

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