The CDC warns of an invasive bacterial outbreak while case and death rates are rising

An invasive one bacterial infection is on the rise in the US, according to a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cases of meningococcal disease, mainly caused by Bacteria Neisseria meningitidisreached 422 last year, the highest annual number of reported cases since 2014, the agency said in the alert.

So far this year, 143 cases have been reported to the CDC (as of March 25), which is 62 more than at the same time last year.


The invasive strain that causes most cases – serogroup Y ST-1466 – primarily affects adults between the ages of 30 and 60 (65% of cases), the CDC said in its report. Blacks or African Americans (63%) are also affected People with HIV (15%), the CDC said.

This strain also appears to have a higher mortality rate than strains from previous years.

Invasive bacterial infection is on the rise in the United States, according to a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (iStock)

Of 94 patients, 17 died from the infection, giving a mortality rate of 18%.

Between 2017 and 2021, the death rate was 11%.

The typical mortality rate, even with antibiotic treatment, is between 10 and 15%, according to the CDC.

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One in five survivors may suffer long-term disabilities such as deafness, brain damage, loss of limbs, or others Problems with the nervous system.

“I think this is concerning, particularly because of the sudden sharp increase in cases and because this particular strain has had a higher mortality rate than previous surges in this disease,” Dr. Barbara Bawer, a family physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, told Fox News Digital.

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