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May 2, 1966

An Epidemic in an Eskimo Village Due to Group-B MeningococcusPart 1. Epidemiology

JAMA. 1966;196(5):383-387. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100180051016

An outbreak due to group-B meningococcus in a large Eskimo village stimulated an epidemiologic study of such an occurrence in an isolated community. All verified cases developed during a three-week period. Throat-culture surveys revealed that nearly 50% of a sample population harbored meningococcus during a nine-week period after the development of the last case. This finding was interpreted as showing that, in a fixed population, the actual development of meningococcal disease is related to factors in the exposed persons rather than to the conditions of exposure.