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Changes in Format for Presentation of Notifiable Disease Report Data

This issue of MMWR incorporates changes in the presentation of the national notifiable disease data (Tables I and II and Figures I-V). Based on readers' suggestions, several modifications in the original proposal (1) have been incorporated into the format appearing in this issue. Data on acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) will be retained in Table I (page 235) and Table II (pages 236-238). Several modifications have been made to improve the readability of Figures II-V (pages 240 and 241), which will appear quarterly; Tables I-III and Figures I-V will appear at the end of those issues.

The new report format is intended to provide more useful information and to facilitate interpretation of national disease data. CDC will continue to assess graphic and statistical techniques to improve interpretation and use of public health surveillance data.


  1. CDC. Proposed changes in format for presentation of notifiable disease report data. MMWR 1989;38:805-9.

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