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Epidemiologic Notes and Reports Measles, United States -- Weeks 17-20, 1982

In the 4-week period April 25-May 22, 1982 (reporting weeks 17-20), 190 cases of measles were reported to CDC--an average of fewer than 48 cases per week. This total is 69.3% below the 619 cases reported in the same period in 1981. Only 33 (1.0%) of the nation's 3,144 counties reported measles to CDC in this period (Figure 1).

Of the 190 measles cases, 8 were known to be imported (from 6 countries--England, Finland, India, the Philippines, Russia, and Switzerland). Two of these 8 led to at least 18 subsequent cases (Kansas and New Jersey) and 42 subsequent cases (Dutchess County, New York), i.e., a total of 60 cases that could be linked to 2 of the known importations. Thus, a total of 68 (35.8%) measles cases reported were related to importations. Reported by Immunization Div, Center for Prevention Svcs, CDC.

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