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Notices to Readers: Changes to the National Notifiable Infectious Disease List and Data Presentation --- January 2011

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). In addition, changes are being made regarding the presentation of data on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This year, the Table I and Table II modifications add conditions designated as nationally notifiable by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in conjunction with CDC (1--3).

Modifications to Table I and Table II

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

Elimination of HIV/AIDS Data Display

The Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention has decided to eliminate display of diagnoses of HIV infection in children aged <13 years, formerly displayed in Table I, and display of cases of AIDS and HIV/AIDS, formerly displayed in the quarterly Table IV. The rationales for these decisions are as follows: data on diagnoses of HIV infection in children aged <13 years are not transmitted to CDC on a weekly basis, and displaying data on HIV and AIDS diagnoses resulted in extended time requirements for producing the quarterly data sets. Data on HIV and AIDS diagnoses, including in children aged <13 years, are included in the annual HIV Surveillance Report published online by the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/reports.

2010 State Reportable Conditions Assessment

CSTE is collecting data for the 2010 State Reportable Conditions Assessment (2010 SRCA) from 56 reporting jurisdictions (50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and four U.S. territories) to determine which of the nationally notifiable conditions were reportable in each reporting jurisdiction during 2010. Data collection and validation for 2010 SRCA will conclude in 2011; results will be used to populate the "N" indicators for 2010 and 2011 NNDSS data displayed in the 2011 MMWR data tables. The 2010 and 2011 NNDSS data displayed in the 2011 MMWR weekly provisional tables will reflect reporting requirements gathered from the 2009 SRCA until 2010 SRCA official results are available.

References

  1. CDC. Case definitions for nationally notifiable infectious diseases. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncphi/disss/nndss/phs/infdis.htm. Accessed January 7, 2011.
  2. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Public health reporting and national surveillance for babesiosis. Position statement 10-ID-27. Available at http://www.cste.org/ps2010/10-id-27.pdf. Accessed January 7, 2011.
  3. Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Public health reporting and national surveillance for coccidioidomycosis. Position statement 10-ID-04. Available at http://www.cste.org/ps2010/10-id-04.pdf. Accessed January 7, 2011.


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