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MMWR
Synopsis for September 13, 2002

The MMWR is embargoed until Noon, ET, Thursdays.

  1. State Specific Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults with Disabilities - Eight States and the District of Columbia, 1998-1999
  2. Folate Status in Women of Childbearing Age, by Race/Ethnicity - United States, 1999-2000
  3. Progress Toward Global Dracunculiasis Eradication, June 2002
  4. West Nile Virus Activity - United States, September 5-11, 2002, and Texas, January 1-September 9, 2002

Reports & Recommendations
September 13, 2002/Vol. 51/No. RR-13

Folic Acid and Prevention of Spina Bifida and Anencephaly: 10 Years After the U.S. Public Health Service Recommendation

  1. Serum Folate Levels Among Women Attending Family Planning Clinics - Georgia, 2000
  2. Spina Bifida and Anencephaly Prevalence - United States, 1991-2001
  3. Sociodemographic Patterns in Spina Bifida Birth Prevalence Trends - North Carolina, 1995 −1999
  4. Folic Acid Awareness and Use Among Women with a History of a Neural Tube Defect Pregnancy - Texas, 2000-2001

Contact: Courtney Bolen
CDC, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
(770) 488−4399


Note: Time change for this week's telebriefing

Telebriefing for September 12, 2002
WHO: Dr. Lyle Peterson, West Nile virus expert
WHAT: To discuss the MMWR article on West Nile Virus activity in the United States and Texas. Brief remarks followed by Q/A.
WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2002; 11 AM ET
WHERE: At your desk, by toll-free conference line: Dial 866-254-5942
Teleconference name: CDC
A full transcript will be available today following the teleconference and this teleconference will also be audio webcast. Access both at http://www.cdc.gov/media/.

Synopsis for September 13, 2002

State Specific Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults with Disabilities - Eight States and the District of Columbia, 1998-1999

People with disabilities are 1.7 times more likely to experience obesity than people without disabilities.

PRESS CONTACT:
Vincent Campbell, PhD
CDC, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
(770) 4887684
 
Data from eight states and the District of Columbia indicate that people with disabilities are more likely than people without disabilities to experience obesity. Information gathered from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a random digit dial telephone survey conducted by state health departments, indicate that for adults 18 years of age and older in these states, 18.4% reported a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater, with 16.5% of people without disabilities and 27.4% of people with disabilities in the obese category. People with disabilities report obesity at higher rates regardless of age group, sex, race, or Hispanic ethnicity. Among those with disabilities, women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and people 45 to 64 years of age report the highest rates of obesity.

 

Folate Status in Women of Childbearing Age, by Race/Ethnicity - United States, 1999-2000

PRESS CONTACT:
Courtney Bolen
CDC, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
(770) 4884399
 
Summary not available.

 

 

 

 

Progress Toward Global Dracunculiasis Eradication, June 2002

Progress is rapidly being made in the global eradication of dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease).

PRESS CONTACT:
Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, PhD
CDC, National Center for Infectious Diseases
(770) 488−4509
 
This report provides an update on the status of the global campaign to eradicate dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease). The disease remains endemic in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The major remaining impediment to realizing the goal of eradicating dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) is the civil war in southern Sudan. In 2001 Sudan reported 49,471 (78%) of the 63,717 cases reported from all endemic countries. All 12 other affected countries reported only 14,246 cases. Solid progress is being made in all 12 endemic countries outside of Sudan, where the objective is to stop transmission of the disease by next year.

 

West Nile Virus Activity - United States, September 5-11, 2002, and Texas, January 1-September 9, 2002

PRESS CONTACT:
Division of Media Relations
CDC, Office of Communication
(404) 639−3286
 
This report summarizes West Nile virus surveillance data reported to CDC through ArboNET and by states and other jurisdictions as of September 11, 2002.

 

 


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