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Synopsis for September 28, 2001

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  1. Update: Influenza Activity — United States and Worldwide, May –September 2001
  2. Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication — Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, January 2000–July 2001
  3. Weekly Update: West Nile Virus Activity — United States, September 19–25, 2001

Notice to Readers

Summary of New York City Department of Health Response to Terrorist Attack, September 11, 2001

In response to the terrorist attack in New York City, the New York City Department of Health immediately activated its emergency response protocol, including the mobilization of an Emergency Operations Center. In response to the events in New York City and the related attack on the Pentagon, the Federal Response Plan also was activated to augment the state and local medical response.

Contact: Sandy Mullins
New York City Health Department
(Public Affairs)
(212) 447–8232

For additional information see www.hhs.gov.


MMWR Reports & Recommendations
September 28, 2001/Vol.50/No. 16

Strategies for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Diabetes Through Health-Care System Interventions and Diabetes Self-Management Education in Community Settings: A Report on Recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services

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Synopsis for September 28, 2001

Update: Influenza Activity — United States and Worldwide, May –September 2001

Persons at high risk for influenza-related complications should receive influenza vaccine each fall.

 
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From May through September 2001, influenza A(H1N1), A(H3N2), and B viruses have continued to circulate worldwide and the majority of viruses are well matched to the components of the 2001-02 influenza vaccine. The optimal time period for persons at increased risk for influenza-related complications to receive an annual flu shot is October and November. The following recommendations address an anticipated delay in influenza vaccine delivery. Healthcare providers should: 1) target vaccine available in September and October to persons at increased risk for influenza complications and to health-care workers and, 2) beginning in November, also offer vaccine to contacts of high-risk persons, healthy persons aged 50-64 years, and any others who want to reduce their risk for influenza, and 3) continue vaccinating patients in December and throughout the flu season as long as vaccine is available.

 

Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication — Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, January 2000–July 2001

There has been substantial progress in poliomyelitis eradication in Africa, but Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Nigeria remain a priority.

 
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There has been rapid progress in the African Region of the World Health Organization in implementation of polio eradication strategies during 200 – 2001. Wild poliovirus transmission continues to be a concern in four priority countries: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo [DR Congo], Ethiopia and Nigeria. As of July 2001, wild poliovirus has been detected in Nigeria and Ethiopia. Neither Angola nor the DR Congo detected wild poliovirus transmission, but both contain inaccessible areas due to conflict. Substantial progress in supplemental poliovirus vaccination and surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis occurred in these countries during 2000 and 2001, but further efforts, particularly in Angola, DR Congo, Ethiopia and Nigeria will be required to meet international certification levels.

 

Weekly Update: West Nile Virus Activity — United States, September 19–25, 2001

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The report summarizes surveillance data for West Nile Virus (WNV) activities in the United States. The report includes information on human cases and deaths, infected birds and other animals, and WNV-positive mosquito pools.




 

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