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Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Measles, United States -- Weeks 5-8, 1982

In the 4-week period January 31-February 27, 1982 (reporting weeks 5-8), 45 cases of measles were reported to CDC--an average of fewer than 12 cases per week. This total is 76.7% below the 193 cases reported in the same period in 1981, the previous record low. Only 26 (0.8%) of the nation's 3,144 counties reported measles to CDC in this period (Figure 4).

Of the 45 measles cases, 2 were imported, 1 each from El Salvador and England. Both imported cases were reported from California. No secondary cases related to these importations have been reported. Reported by Immunization Div, Center for Prevention Svcs, CDC.

Editorial Note

Editorial Note: The 45 measles cases reported in this 4-week period represent a

99.9% reduction from the 48,510 cases reported in the same period in 1962, the year preceding measles-vaccine licensure. During this period in 1982, 99.2% of the nation's counties reported no measles, suggesting that measles transmission has been interrupted in these areas.

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