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Notice to Readers: Changes to the National Notifiable Infectious Disease List and Data Presentation --- January 2010

This issue of MMWR incorporates changes to Table I (Provisional cases of infrequently reported notifiable diseases, United States) and Table II (Provisional cases of selected notifiable diseases, United States). This year, the modifications add and remove diseases designated as nationally notifiable by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in conjunction with CDC (1--5).

Two new diseases have been added to the list of nationally notifiable infectious diseases: viral hemorrhagic fever and dengue fever. Incidence data for viral hemorrhagic fever will appear in Table I, and dengue virus infections will appear in Table II. The surveillance case definitions adopted for these diseases are listed in their respective CSTE position statements (1,2) and are included in the case definitions section of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) website (3).

Two diseases have been removed from the list of nationally notifiable infectious diseases: invasive group A streptococcal disease and coccidioidomycosis (4,5). Incidence data for these diseases no longer appear in Table II.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been renamed spotted fever rickettsiosis (6). Incidence data for spotted fever rickettsiosis continue to appear in Table II.

Streptococcus pneumoniae, invasive disease has replaced two previous nationally notifiable diseases: 1) Streptococcus pneumoniae, nondrug resistant invasive disease in children aged < 5 years and 2) Streptococcus pneumoniae drug-resistant invasive disease (7). Incidence data for Streptococcus pneumoniae, invasive disease appear in Table II.

Data for hepatitis C viral, acute, and ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis (including subcategories Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Ehrlichia ewingii, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis, undetermined) are now displayed in Table II because case reports exceeded 1,000 during 2009.

References

  1. CDC. Case definitions for infectious conditions under public health surveillance. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncphi/disss/nndss/casedef/index.htm. Accessed January 11, 2010.
  2. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Position statement 09-ID-18. Add viral hemorrhagic fever caused by Ebola or Marburg viruses, Lassa virus, New World Arenaviruses (Guanarito, Machupo, Junin, Sabia), or Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever to the nationally notifiable condition list. Available at http://www.cste.org/ps2009/09-id-18.pdf. Accessed January 11, 2010.
  3. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Position statement 09-ID-19. Add dengue virus infections to the nationally notifiable conditions list. Available at http://www.cste.org/ps2009/09-id-19.pdf. Accessed January 11, 2010.
  4. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Position statement 09-ID-07. Recommendation to remove invasive group A streptococcus (GAS) from the CSTE list of nationally notifiable diseases. Available at http://www.cste.org/ps2009/09-id-07.pdf. Accessed January 11, 2010.
  5. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Position statement 07-EC-02. CSTE official list of nationally notifiable conditions. Available at http://www.cste.org/ps/2007ps/2007psfinal/ec/07-ec-02.pdf. Accessed January 11, 2010.
  6. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Position statement 09-ID-16. Public health reporting and national notification for spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever). Available at http://www.cste.org/ps2009/09-id-16.pdf. Accessed January 11, 2010.
  7. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Position statement 09-ID-06. Enhancing state-based surveillance for invasive pneumococcal disease. Available at http://www.cste.org/ps2009/09-id-06.pdf. Accessed January 11, 2010.

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