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MMWR
Synopsis for December 20, 2002

The MMWR is embargoed until 12 Noon ET, Thursdays.

  1. Provisional Surveillance Summary of the West Nile Virus Epidemic -- United States, January-November, 2002
  2. Laboratory-Acquired West Nile Virus Infections -- United States, 2002
  3. Intrauterine West Nile Virus Infection -- New York, 2002

Telebriefing for December 19, 2002
WHO: Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of CDC, and Drs. Lyle Peterson and Dan O'Leary, West Nile Virus experts.
WHAT: To discuss smallpox vaccine educational activities/update on smallpox vaccine plan and West Nile Virus update, respectively. Brief remarks followed by Q/A.
WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2002; Noon 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 December 20, 2002

Provisional Surveillance Summary of the West Nile Virus Epidemic -- United States, January-November, 2002

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CDC, Office of Communication
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Summary not available.

 

 

 

 

Laboratory-Acquired West Nile Virus Infections -- United States, 2002

Laboratory workers handling potentially West Nile Virus (WNV)-infected fluids or tissues can become infected with the virus through cuts or needlesticks.

PRESS CONTACT:
Roy Campbell, MD, PhD

CDC, National Center for Infectious Diseases
(970) 2216459
(Alternate: Dr. Bruce Bernard, CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 5138414589)
 
Laboratory workers face a risk of infection from WNV if they handle fluids or tissues from birds or animals known to be or suspected of being infected. There have been two recent cases in which laboratory workers acquired the virus from a needlestick injury and a scalpel cut, respectively. Employers and workers should follow procedures to minimize risk of injuries from sharp instruments and to minimize airborne exposures. Workers should clean and treat wounds immediately and thoroughly if they occur, and should report any injuries to supervisors for further monitoring. Employers should report any cases of infection to public health authorities.

 

Intrauterine West Nile Virus Infection --- New York, 2002

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Division of Media Relations

CDC, Office of Communication
(404) 6393286
 
Summary not available.

 

 

 

 


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