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Morbidity and mortality weekly report, Vol. 10, no. 1, For release January 13, 1961
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    Provisional information on selected notifiable diseases in the United States and on deaths in selected cities for week ended January 7, 1961 -- Number of deaths in selected cities -- Quarantine measures, immunization information for international travel

    Summary: Poliomyelitis -- Diphtheria -- Hepatitis -- Influenza

    Epidemiological reports: Hepatitis - New Jersey -- Diphtheria - Hale County, Texas

    Table 1. Cases of specified notifiable diseases: continental United States -- Table 2. Cases of specified notifiable diseases: United States, each division and state, and Puerto Rico, for weeks ended January 9, 1960 and January 7, 1961 -- Table 3. Deaths in selected cities by geographic division -- Table 4. Deaths in selected cities

    With the production of this issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Communicable Disease Center has assumed responsibility for the collection and publication of data on notifiable diseases reported by the States and Puerto Rico and deaths reported by 123 major cities.

    The Center welcomes the addition of this important function. We believe the closer current contact with those reporting morbidity and mortality data will better permit us more rapidly and successfully to carry out our primary role of providing consultation and assistance to the States when communicable disease problems occur.

    The collection of morbidity data by the Public Health Service had its beginning more than 80 years ago when Congress authorized the compilation and publication of data on cholera, smallpox, plague and yellow fever. Prior to 1900, however, monthly and annual summaries of notifiable diseases were received from only a few States and cities. The number of States reporting gradually increased and in 1912, the Tenth Annual Conference of State and Territorial Health Authorities recommended weekly teleĀ­ graphic reporting for selected communicable diseases. Until 1949, the weekly morbidity and mortality statistics were published in Public Health Reports. In 1949 this function was transferred to the National Office of Vital Statistics and the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report became an independent publication growing to a current circulation of over 6,000 copies. Prepared under the able direction of Dr. Carl Dauer, this report has been a valuĀ­able aid in the fight against communicable disease.

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