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MMWR
Synopsis for May 23, 2003

The MMWR is embargoed until Noon ET, Thursdays.

  1. Update: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -- United States, May 21, 2003
  2. Update: Global Measles Control and Mortality Reduction -- Worldwide, 1991-2001
  3. Crude Mortality Rates -- Democratic Republic of Congo, September 14-November 13, 2003
  4. Update: Adverse Events Following Civilian Smallpox Vaccination -- United States, 2003
No MMWR telebriefing is scheduled for May 22, 2003

Synopsis for May 23, 2003

Update: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -- United States, May 21, 2003

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CDC, Office of Communication
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No summary available.

 

 

 

 

Update: Global Measles Control and Mortality Reduction -- Worldwide, 1991-2001

Despite the availability of a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine for 40 years, measles remains the leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths in childhood.

PRESS CONTACT:
Peter Strebel, MD

CDC, National Immunization Program
(770) 3316781
 

Measles was responsible for 770,000 deaths globally in 2000. Of these measles-associated deaths, 98% occurred in the 75 countries with gross domestic products of <$1,000 per capita, and 58% occurred in the WHO region of Africa. Reducing the high burden of measles will require a comprehensive approach. Affected countries will need to achieve high coverage in each district and nationally with the first dose of measles vaccine administered through routine services to children (who are nine months of age or shortly thereafter). This approach should be followed with a second opportunity for measles immunization for all children, the establishment of effective surveillance for measles, and improved case management.

 

Crude Mortality Rates -- Democratic Republic of Congo, September 14-November 13, 2003

The very high crude mortality rate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is much higher than it was in 1997, the year before the outbreak of war.

PRESS CONTACT:
Les Roberts, PhD, MSPH

International Rescue Committee
(607) 8634675
 

While health conditions in the eastern DRC have improved, this report indicates that they remain among the worst recorded conditions anywhere in the world. People continue to die of easily treatable infectious diseases at a rate that is three times greater than normal for this region. Health services most urgently needed include: supporting local clinics to assure their capacity to treat malaria and diarrhea, and vaccinating children against measles. Diplomatic efforts are continuing to aid the peace process and increase humanitarian relief.

 

Update: Adverse Events Following Civilian Smallpox Vaccination -- United States, 2003

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Division of Media Relations

CDC, Office of Communication
(404) 6393286
 

No summary available.

 

 

 

 


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