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KitKatClub (pictured) is notorious for its sex parties in which guests are encouraged to have intercourse wherever they want
Party-goers have been urged to seek medical attention over a potentially deadly bacteria outbreak at Berlin's famous KitKatClub.

Authorities in Berlin's Reinickendorf district said anyone who went to the hedonistic club on September 29 should get checked out by a doctor immediately for Neisseria meningitidis - the bacteria that can cause meningitis.

Bacteria strains linked to the life-threatening disease are believed to have been found at the venue, which is a landmark among Berlin's nightclubs.

KitKatClub is famous for its wild and raunchy sex parties where visitors engage in lewd behaviour.

Guests are allowed to engage in sexual intercourse openly at the venue, which was founded in 1994 by Austrian porn director Simon Thaur.

KitKatClub
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Berlin's local authorities said anyone who went to the club (pictured in February this year) on September 29 should have themselves checked out
A strict dresscode needs to be respected in order to get into the KitKatClub door, often enforced by the owners themselves, and requiring fetish, latex, leather, kinky, high style, glamour.

While Berlin was under a conservative local government in 2001, the club was harassed by the police and was charged with 'invitation to public intercourse,' a crime since before World War Two.

Neisseria meningitidis can be spread through kissing and breathing as an airborne bacteria.

It is the main cause of bacterial meningitis in children and young adults, causing developmental impairment and death in about 10% of cases.
What is Neisseria meningitidis?

The bacteria are spread through saliva and respiratory secretions during coughing, sneezing, kissing, chewing on toys and even through sharing a source of fresh water.

Common symptoms include severe headache, high fever, chills, dizziness, neck stiffness and extreme malaise.

With a fatality risk approaching 15% within 12 hours of infection, it is crucial to initiate testing as quickly as possible, but not to wait for the results before initiating antibiotic therapy.

Persons with a confirmed infection should be hospitalized immediately for treatment with antibiotics.

Antibiotics are most commonly given in pill form although they can be injected for particularly serious cases.