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A patient diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, or leprosy, which is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae and is reportable in many states.

A patient diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, or leprosy, which is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae and is reportable in many states.

October 31, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 43
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Incidence of Hansen’s Disease — United States, 1994–2011

Because Hansen’s disease (HD), or leprosy, is rare, clinicians in the United States are often unfamiliar with it; however, HD continues to cause morbid¬ity in the United States. Without treatment, HD can progress to a severely debilitating disease with nerve damage, tissue destruction, and functional loss. To better characterize at-risk U.S. populations, HD trends during 1994–2011 were evaluated by reviewing records from the National Hansen’s Disease Program. This report summarizes that evaluation.

MMWR Recommendations and Reports

September 26, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. RR–6
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Updated Preparedness and Response Framework for Influenza Pandemics

CDC has updated its framework to describe influenza pandemic progression using six intervals (two prepandemic and four pandemic intervals) and eight domains. This updated framework can be used for influenza pandemic planning and has been aligned with the pandemic phases restructured in 2013 by the World Health Organization.

MMWR Surveillance Summaries

October 24, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. SS–9
Surveillance for Certain Health Behaviors Among States and Selected Local Areas — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2011

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an ongoing, state-based, random digit-dialed telephone survey of non-institutionalized adults aged ≥18 years residing in the United States. BRFSS collects data on health-risk behaviors, chronic diseases and conditions, access to health care, and use of preventive health services and practices related to the leading causes of death and disabilities in the United States. In 2011, BRFSS adopted a new weighting methodology (iterative proportional fitting, or raking) and included data from respondents using cellular telephones only. This report presents results for the year 2011 for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and participating U.S. territories including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Guam, 198 MMSAs, and 224 counties.

MMWR Summary of Notifiable Diseases

September 19, 2014 / Vol. 61 / No. 53
Summary of Notifiable Diseases — United States, 2012

Health-care providers in the United States are required to report certain infectious diseases to a specified state or local authority. A disease is designated as notifiable if timely information about individual cases is considered necessary for prevention and control of the disease. Each year, CDC publishes a summary of the cases of notifiable disease reported for the most recent year for which data is available. This report presents a summary of notifiable diseases for 2012.

MMWR Supplements

October 31, 2014 / Vol. 63 / Supplement / No. 4
CDC National Health Report: Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors—United States, 2005–2013

This MMWR Supplement presents data related to disease patterns across the United States and describes recent national trends in health status. Although the United States has made overall progress in improving public health and increasing life expectancy, progress has been slow, and in some aspects of health, change has not occurred or trends are not favorable.


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