Police are urging anyone who went to a Berlin gay-friendly sex club last weekend to go to the doctor immediately.
The KitKat Club in the Reinickendorf district is one of the most hedonistic and sexually free places on the planet.
And so there is a danger that anyone who visited the club on 29 September could have neisseria meningitidis, the bacteria that can cause meningitis.
Anyone can be at risk. Anyone can catch it through saliva or respiratory secretions.
Common symptoms include a severe headache, high fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting, neck stiffness and extreme malaise.
Within a few hours, a life-threatening infection can develop. However, it is treatable with antibiotics.
Last Saturday night, the KitKatClub hosted the CarneBall Bizarre fetish party.
The club has a dress code of ‘fetish, patent and leather, uniforms, TV, goth, costumes, elegant evening wear, extravagantes of every kind’.
The night also includes playrooms and separate chill-out areas.
Authorities say bacteria strains A, C, Y and W135 spread through the sex club.
A man who had gone to KitKatClub was hospitalized on Saturday (29 September).
It is unknown what sexual contact he had, and with who, at the club.
Fetish sex club passes on warning to its customers
‘No one has to worry about who wasn’t at the club last Saturday,’ the KitKatClub spokesperson said.
‘All employees are now asymptomatic.’
They added: ‘Please visit a doctor and get the necessary antibiotics.’
They noted patients who are sick are no longer contagious 24 hours after treatment with effective antibiotics.
Patients with meningococcal infections must be isolated in the first 24 hours of therapy.
Germany has one of the queerest nightclub scene in the world.
Popular gay club nights include themed nights at SchwuZ, the Sunday night GMF party or monthly parties such as Gegen at KitKatClub or Cocktail d’Amor at Greissmühle.