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Issue Number 410            September 8, 2003

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC reports on a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A among young adult concert attendees
  2. HFI's 2003 Hep Summit to take place November 10-11
  3. CDC notifies readers about incomplete packages of Aventis Pasteur rabies vaccine
  4. UNICEF announces Zambia's recent measles campaign vaccinated nearly five million children

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September 8, 2003
CDC REPORTS ON A MULTISTATE OUTBREAK OF HEPATITIS A AMONG YOUNG ADULT CONCERT ATTENDEES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Among Young Adult Concert Attendees--United States, 2003" in the September 5 issue of the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below in its entirety.

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Healthcare providers and state and local health departments should ask persons newly diagnosed with hepatitis A about concert attendance and report cases to CDC.

In July 2003, CDC learned of hepatitis A cases among young adults traveling the country with several popular "jam bands." To date, a total of 25 cases from nine states have been identified. Most have attended numerous outdoor concerts or music festivals this summer. Person-to-person transmission and poor sanitation may have contributed to the spread of the disease at these gatherings. In response, CDC, together with state and local health departments in California and Oregon, educated concert goers and vaccinated more than 300 concert attendees this summer. While the summer concert season has ended, fall tours are scheduled to begin this month and there is concern that person-to-person spread may continue.

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To obtain the complete text of the article online, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5235a5.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5235.pdf

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September 8, 2003
HFI'S 2003 HEP SUMMIT TO TAKE PLACE NOVEMBER 10-11

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "HEP EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 8/15/03.]

The Hepatitis Foundation International's (HFI) 2003 Hepatitis Summit will take place November 10-11 in Mystic, Connecticut. Titled "Viral Hepatitis: An Emerged Epidemic," the conference is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, psychologists, counselors, outreach workers, patient advocates, and all others working with people who are affected or infected by hepatitis A, B, and C.

The program will include breakout sessions on various aspects of viral hepatitis prevention and treatment, including harm reduction strategies, resources and referrals, the health insurance maze, strategic planning for progress, and support groups.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Rhode Island Department of Public Health. For more information about the agenda and/or registration, go to: http://www.hepatitisfoundation.org or call (800) 891-0707.
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September 8, 2003
CDC NOTIFIES READERS ABOUT INCOMPLETE PACKAGES OF AVENTIS PASTEUR RABIES VACCINE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Notice to Readers: Missing Vials of Aventis Pasteur Vaccine, August 2003" in the September 5 issue of the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR). The notice is reprinted below in its entirety.

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On August 27, 2003, Aventis Pasteur notified CDC about reports of packages of IMOVAX Rabies, Rabies Vaccine (a reconstituted vaccine) that are missing the vial of freeze-dried vaccine. Each package should contain one diluent syringe and one vaccine vial containing freeze-dried vaccine. An investigation is under way. A communication about this issue will be sent from Aventis Pasteur to customers when additional information becomes available.

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To obtain the complete text of the article online, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5235a7.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5235.pdf
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September 8, 2003
UNICEF ANNOUNCES ZAMBIA'S RECENT MEASLES CAMPAIGN VACCINATED NEARLY FIVE MILLION CHILDREN

In a press release dated August 26, UNICEF reported Zambia's National Measles Campaign vaccinated more than 4.9 million children between the ages of 6 months and 14 years. Held June 7-13, the campaign is part of a larger global effort to halve the number of measles deaths by 2005.

According to the press release, the Zambian campaign garnered unprecedented support from Zambian government agencies, religious organizations, and community groups, as well from NGOs and global partners such as UNICEF and WHO. The result was the successful deployment of 17,710 volunteers at 3,795 vaccination posts.

To access the press release from UNICEF's website, go to:
http://www.unicef.org/media/media_13707.html

 

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