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For Immediate Release: April 28, 2000
Contact: CDC Media Relations (404) 639-3286

Surveillance for Lyme Disease United States, 1992-1998

The majority of reported cases of Lyme disease occur in the northeastern and north-central United States. Lyme disease surveillance data are reported to CDC through the National Electronic Telecommunication System for Surveillance, a computerized public health database for nationally notifiable diseases. During 1992-1998, a total of 88,967 cases of Lyme disease was reported to CDC by 49 states and the District of Columbia, with the number of cases increasing from 9,896 in 1992 to 16,802 in 1998. A total of 92% of cases was reported from 8 northeastern and mid-Atlantic states and 2 north-central states. Children aged 5-9 years and adults aged 45-54 years had the highest mean annual incidence. The full report will be available online after 4 p.m. at

Surveillance for Influenza - United States, 1994-95, 1995-96, and 1996-97 Seasons

Influenza epidemics occur nearly every year during the winter months and are responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality in the United States, including an average of approximately 114,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 deaths per year. This report summarizes U.S. influenza surveillance data from October 1994 through May 1997, from both active and passive surveillance systems. CDC conducts active national surveillance annually from October through May for influenza to detect the emergence and spread of influenza virus variants and monitor the impact of influenza-related morbidity and mortality. Surveillance data are provided weekly throughout the influenza season to public health officials, WHO, and health-care providers and can be used to guide prevention and control activities, vaccine strain selection, and patient care. The full report will be available online after 4 p.m. at


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