There have been several recent cases of meningitis in Los Angeles and New York, with some deaths. So far, these have been linked to gay men, giving the facade of only affecting a certain group of people. That is not the case.
According to the CDC, “Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.” It can infect anyone through sharing food, kissing and sexual contact. It is not sexually transmitted, though.
While there aren’t any signs in Dallas yet, officials are keeping a close eye on it. They are also making sure that the area has a good supply of vaccinations in case of an outbreak, especially for those that can not afford it.