CDC Update on Measles Outbreaks in United States
Moderator: Dr. Anne Schuchat
May 1, 2008
1:00 p.m. ET
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I will now turn the meeting over to Curtis Allen.
Thank you, sir. You may begin.
CURTIS ALLEN: I thank you for your patience.
Today, we will be giving you an update on measles outbreaks throughout the United States. The main speaker
will be Dr. Anne Schuchat. That is Dr. Anne Schuchat. She is director of the National Center for Immunization
and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Also joining her will be Dr. Jane Seward. That is Jane Seward. Jane is deputy director of the Division of Viral
Diseases in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
Dr. Schuchat will make a few opening remarks, and then we will open the floor to questions. There will be an
early release MMWR posted on the CDC Web site this afternoon. I believe many in the media have already
received a fact sheet concerning this briefing.
So now I'll turn it over to Dr. Schuchat.
DR. ANNE SCHUCHAT, DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CENTER FOR IMMUNIZATION AND
RESPIRATORY DISEASES: Thank you, Curtis.
I want to speak with you today about a concerning situation. We have had more cases of measles this year than
in any year since 2001. People have heard about outbreaks in individual communities, but in the country as a
whole, between January 1st and April 25th, there have been 64 cases of measles reported to CDC.
These are occurring in nine different states. And there are a couple important themes that I want to stress about
Many people have forgotten about measles. It causes about 20 million infections around the world every year.