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National Disability Awareness Month — October, 2007

PRESS CONTACT: CDC Division of Media Relations
(404) 639–3286

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Physical Activity Among Adults With Disabilities — United States, 2005

PRESS CONTACT: Jim Rimmer, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago
(312) 752–0900

As a result of personal or environmental barriers, adults with disabilities are more likely to be physically inactive than those without disabilities, which puts them at greater risk of functional limitations and secondary health conditions. Therefore, public health measures to promote and increase physical activity should include consideration for the needs of adults with disabilities. The health benefits of physical activity have been well documented, yet fewer than half of U.S. adults follow recommendations for frequency, intensity, and duration of activity. Physical inactivity is particularly prevalent among adults with a disability, who are at increased risk for functional limitations and secondary health conditions, such as obesity or depression that can result from their disabilities, behavior, lifestyle, or environment. Using data from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), CDC determined that adults with a disability were less likely to meet national recommendations for physical activity, and more likely to be physically inactive, than adults without a disability. Public health measures to promote and increase physical activity should include consideration for the needs of adults with disabilities.

Salmonella Oranienburg Infections Associated with Fruit Salad Served in Health–Care Settings — 10 States and Canada, 2006

PRESS CONTACT: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Public Information Office
(603) 271–4822

Fruits, such as cantaloupe and honeydew melon, can be a source of salmonellosis. During June–July 2006, an outbreak of salmonellosis associated with fruit salad served in health–care facilities was investigated. Forty–one culture–confirmed Salmonella serotype Oranienburg infections were diagnosed in 10 northeastern U.S. states and one Canadian province. The results of the investigation indicated that illness was associated with eating fruit salad in health–care facilities. The fruit salads were produced by one processing plant, but the source of fruit–salad contamination was not determined. This outbreak highlights the importance of laboratory–based surveillance, including molecular subtyping, and timely communication of public health information.

Progress in Measles Control — Nepal, 2000–2006

PRESS CONTACT: CDC Division of Media Relations
(404) 639–3286

In Nepal, the goal of the United Nations Special Assembly on Children to reduce measles related mortality by half between 1999 and 2005 was achieved. This report quantifies the achievements of measles control strategy in Nepal which aims to reduce mortality related to measles. We describe routine immunization activities in Nepal, the implementation of measles vaccination campaigns, and measles surveillance data for the period 2000–2006. The findings demonstrate a substantial decrease in reported measles incidence and provide important example for other countries in the South East Asia Region.

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