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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2009
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

Media Briefing on the Release of Autism Data


CDC will host a telephone-only briefing to discuss an MMWR Surveillance Summary on autism.  Please note the MMWR Surveillance Summary is embargoed until 12 noon ET.


Catherine Rice, Ph.D., Behavioral Health Scientist, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental


Friday December 18, 2009 at 12 p.m. ET.


* Please dial in 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the press conference.

Media: 888-795-0855
Listen Only: 800-988-9500
International: 1-415-228-4890
Passcode: CDC Media

Please call in 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the briefing to assure you are on the line at the start of the briefing.

Important Instructions: If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.

Listen-Only Audio Webcast

This press briefing media will also be available via listen-only audio web site at We strongly encourage non-media participants to use the webcast.


A transcript of this press conference will be available following the briefing at the CDC media relations web site,


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