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Measles -- United States, First 13 Weeks, 1983

During the first 13 weeks of 1983, 458 measles cases were reported in the United States. This is a 116% increase from the 212 cases reported during the same period last year. Measles among college students accounted for 52.6% (241) of this year's measles cases. In week 12, ending March 26, 1983, 111 measles cases were reported. This is the first time in 92 weeks that more than 100 cases were reported in any one week. More than 98% of the nation's 3,138 counties reported no measles during the 13 weeks of the first quarter.

A provisional total of 70 cases of imported measles was reported to CDC during the first 13 weeks of 1983, an average of 5.4 importations per week. Beginning calendar year 1983, CDC's notifiable diseases reporting system changed to reflect both imported and indigenous measles cases. Imported cases include out-of-state and international importations, plus cases in the first two generations of spread. Reported by Div of Immunization, Center for Prevention Svcs, CDC.

Editorial Note

Editorial Note: The increase from 1982 to 1983 in measles cases during the first 13 weeks can be attributed primarily to outbreaks at the University of Indiana and the University of Houston. Subtracting 1983 college cases from the total leaves 217 cases, which compares favorably with 212 cases reported for the first 13 weeks of 1982.

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