California man diagnosed with meningitis is brain dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 33-year-old West Hollywood man who felt sickened by bacterial meningitis earlier this week has been declared brain dead amid warnings to sexually active men about the deadly strain of illness.

A family spokeswoman said Brett Shaad was declared brain dead Friday afternoon but remained on life support. That corrected a statement made earlier in the day by West Hollywood Councilman John Duran who said Shaad had been removed from life support.

Duran held a news conference Friday warning of the potentially deadly health threat because Shaad's case was detected in Los Angeles County.

Duran said officials don't want to cause panic, but are taking an active stance to avoid the delays in response to AIDS 30 years ago.

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