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MMWR
Synopsis for December 14, 2001

The MMWR is embargoed until 4 PM EST.

  1. State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults, and Policies and Attitudes about Secondhand Smoke United States, 2000
  2. Coccidioidomycosis Following Attendance at the World Championship of Model Airplane Flying Kern County, California, October 2001
  3. Cigarette Smoking in 99 Metropolitan Areas United States, 2000
  4. Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication Eastern Mediterranean Region, January 2000-September 2001


Synopsis for December 14, 2001

State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults, and Policies and Attitudes about Secondhand Smoke United States, 2000

Kentucky has the highest overall adult smoking prevalence rate, while Utah has the lowest.

 
PRESS CONTACT:
Terry Pechacek, Ph.D.

CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
(770) 4885493
 

A new CDC study shows that among states, Kentucky had the highest overall rate for adult smoking prevalence. 30.5 percent of adults in Kentucky currently smoke. Utah had the lowest prevalence rate among states at 12.9 percent. The Healthy People 2000 goal has been met by only one state, Utah and by Puerto Rico (13.1 percent). The report also shows that the proportion of adults reporting no smoking in their home in the past 30 days ranged from 60.8 percent in West Virginia to 79.0 percent in Colorado while the proportion of adults who work primarily indoors and reported an official workplace policy that no smoking was allowed in indoor public or common areas and work areas ranged from 61.4 percent in Mississippi to 83.9 percent in Montana.

 

Coccidioidomycosis Following Attendance at the World Championship of Model Airplane Flying Kern County, California, October 2001

Coccidioidomycosis is endemic in the southwestern United States, and parts of Mexico and South America.

 
PRESS CONTACT:
Tom Clark, M.D.

CDC, National Center for Infectious Diseases
(404) 6392215
 

CDC was notified by the United Kingdom Public Health Laboratory Service that a resident of the UK had a confirmed case of coccidioidomycosis. During October 8012, the patient had attended the World Championship of model airplane flying in Lost Hills, California. Coccidioidomycosis, also know as Valley Fever, is caused by inhalation of spores of the fungus Coccidioides immitis. Persons who attended this event and develop symptoms (flu-like illness with fever, chest pain, cough, malaise, chills, night sweats, pain, and rash) should seek appropriate medical care.

 

Cigarette Smoking in 99 Metropolitan Areas United States, 2000

Among 99 U.S. metropolitan areas, Toledo, Ohio had the highest rate of adult smoking prevalence, while Orange County, California had the lowest.

 
PRESS CONTACT:
Terry Pechacek, Ph.D.

CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
(770) 4885493
 

Data from a new CDC study shows that among 99 metropolitan areas, Toledo, Ohio had the highest rate of adult smoking at 31.2 percent. Orange County, California had the lowest smoking rate among metro areas at 13.0 percent. Of the metro areas surveyed, only three, Orange County, Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah, and San Diego, California met the Healthy People 2000 goal of 15 percent for current adult smoking prevalence.

 

Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication Eastern Mediterranean Region, January 2000-September 2001

  Countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) that still have circulating poliovirus plan to continue intensified efforts throughout 2001.

 
PRESS CONTACT:
Howard Gary, Ph.D.

CDC, National Immunization Program
(404) 6398252
 

The efforts to eradicate polio in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region have resulted in a further reduction in the number of polio cases and the number of affected areas. The region is making significant progress toward meeting the goal of polio elimination by the end of the year 2002. To date, poliovirus transmission has been interrupted in 18 of the 23 EMR countries. Four of the 10 priority countries for polio eradication are in the EMR: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Sudan countries affected by armed conflicts, high population density, poor sanitation, low poliovirus coverage, and weak or absent public health infrastructures. With support from the World Health Organization, more than 100 international experts have been placed in all priority countries to assistant them in reaching polio eradication goals.




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