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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Krause, G; Blackmore, C; Wiersma, S; Lesneski, C; Woods, CW; Rosenstein, NE; Hopkins, RS

Published Date

  • May 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 94 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 482 - 485

PubMed ID

  • 11372796

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-4348


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States