Tuberculosis outbreak in marijuana users, Seattle, Washington, 2004

John E. Oeltmann, Eyal Oren, Maryam B. Haddad, Linda K. Lake, Theresa A. Harrington, Kashef Ijaz, Masahiro Narita

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Abstract

Matching Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates were noted among 11 young tuberculosis patients socially linked through illicit drug-related activities. A large proportion of their friends, 14 (64%) of 22, had positive tuberculin skin-test results. The behavior of "hotboxing" (smoking marijuana inside a closed car with friends to repeatedly inhale exhaled smoke) fueled transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1156-1159
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Volume12
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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