Marijuana use and social networks in a community outbreak of meningococcal disease.
Journal Article (Journal Article)
BACKGROUND: We examined the role of social networks and marijuana smoking in a community outbreak of infections due to Neisseria meningitidis. METHODS: We interviewed all patients and their contacts. Isolates were tested by pulsed field electrophoresis and multilocus enzyme electrophoresis. RESULTS: Nine cases of meningococcal disease occurred in the outbreak; isolates from seven cases with positive cultures were identical. Multiple overlapping social networks were found for case-patients and their contacts. All case-patients were linked by the marijuana-related activities of their contacts. CONCLUSION: Investigation of social networks and marijuana exposure might help identify close contacts of patients with meningococcal disease and help prevent secondary infections.
- Krause, G; Blackmore, C; Wiersma, S; Lesneski, C; Woods, CW; Rosenstein, NE; Hopkins, RS
- May 2001
Volume / Issue
- 94 / 5
Start / End Page
- 482 - 485
International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
- United States