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MMWR
Synopsis for October 11, 2002

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  1. Iron Deficiency United States, 1999-2000
  2. Usual Sources of Cigarettes for Middle and High School Students Texas, 1998 - 1999
  3. West Nile Virus Activity United States, October 3-9, 2002

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Synopsis for October 11, 2002

Iron Deficiency United States, 1999-2000

Iron deficiency is still common in toddlers, teenage girls, and women of child-bearing age.

PRESS CONTACT:
Anne Looker, Ph.D.

CDC, National Center for Health Statistics
(301)4584352
 
Iron status of toddlers, teenage girls and women of childbearing age remains less than ideal in the United States according to a national survey conducted by CDC in 1999-2000. Survey results revealed that iron deficiency anemia, the most severe form of iron deficiency, is uncommon. However, a milder degrees of iron deficiency continues to occur in 1 in 14 toddlers and 1 in 8 teenage girls or women of childbearing age. Minority women and teenage girls were more likely to have iron deficiency than non-Hispanic white females. Most of the negative effects of iron deficiency are caused by anemia, but iron deficiency without anemia has been linked to poorer cognitive development in both infants and adolescents.

 

Usual Sources of Cigarettes for Middle and High School Students Texas, 1998 - 1999

Access to cigarettes from stores and vending machines has become more difficult for minors in Texas.

PRESS CONTACT:
Terry Pechacek, PhD

CDC, Office on Smoking and Health
(770) 4885493
 
A new study by the Texas Department of Health and CDC concludes that as access to cigarettes from stores and vending machines becomes more difficult for children, many of them seek out alternative sources for their cigarettes. The study shows that among students in Texas, theft of cigarettes by middle school students increased from 1998 to 1999, as did the percentage of high school students reporting that an older person gave them cigarettes. The rate of illegal cigarette sales to minors in Texas dropped over the same time period.

 

West Nile Virus Activity United States, October 3-9, 2002

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CDC, Office of Communication
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