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The Boston Globe

A second homeless person in Boston has died from a potent bacterial infection, and another person was stricken with the same illness in recent weeks, prompting city health officials to indefinitely extend a vaccination campaign.

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The Boston Globe

Disease-trackers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in Boston Wednesday to study the spread of a deadly bacterial infection among homeless people.

Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Boston Public Health Commission, said the CDC is interested in the city’s experience because the federal agency is updating guidelines for handling clusters of meningococcal disease, the infection that killed two homeless people in Boston and sickened three others.

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The Daily Free Press

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began to investigate and research an outbreak of fatal bacterial infections among the City of Boston’s homeless population Wednesday, according to Marjorie Nesin, spokesperson for the Boston Public Health Commission.

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The New York Times

In Boston, where pedestrians step over drug users who are nodding off on a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue known as Methadone Mile, an organization for the homeless has planned what it calls a safe space, where users could ride out their high under supervision; it would not allow actual injection on site.

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WGBH

Dr. Jessie Gaeta is the Chief Medical Officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Gaeta is opening up a clinic where heroin users and other people struggling with addiction can ride out their high in a safe place.

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Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, stands in a conference room, where the SPOT Center will be at 780 Albany Street. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Planned SPOT Center at 780 Albany Street

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The Boston Globe

Boston health officials are vaccinating hundreds of homeless people against a severe bacterial infection that can kill within hours, after a homeless man died Monday from the disease.

The victim was among three homeless men who recently came down with meningococcemia, which occurs when certain bacteria get into the bloodstream. The fatal case appears to be unrelated to the other two, which occurred in late January and involved a different strain of the bacteria, said Dr. Denise De Las Nueces, medical director of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, a nonprofit agency managing the response.

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Worried about men and women who are homeless and on the streets this winter? Read our Cold Weather Tips to learn how you can help.

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Harvard Magazine

Joe Meuse spent years drunk on the streets of Boston, sleeping under bridges, over grates, in train stations and tunnels—wherever he passed out. Occasionally he agreed to be driven to a shelter. Meuse was told he logged an astonishing 216 hospital emergency room visits in 18 months, but he doesn’t remember any of them.

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NECN - DC Dialogue

Jim O'Connell, president of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, explains how his organization brings medical care to the city's homeless people and the severity of the drug epidemic in that demographic.

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