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West Hollywood Man Dies of Bacterial Meningitis

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Officials say a 33-year-old man who was sickened by bacterial meningitis earlier this week has died amid warnings to sexually active gay men about the deadly strain of illness.

West Hollywood Councilman John Duran said Brett Shaad died Friday after being taken off life support.

Duran described Shaad as being "robust and healthy" prior to Monday, when he began to feel sick.

By Thursday, he was in a coma. His family took him off life support about 4:45 p.m.

Earlier Friday, Duran issued a community warning that Shaad's case may be related to a similar strain that circulated among gay men in New York City, killing seven people since 2010.

The illness is not spread by casual contact, but sex and kissing could cause transmission. Symptoms include stiff neck, fever and nausea.

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