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May 13, 1998

Health Care at Mass Gatherings

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Dr Green), and the Department of International Health, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (Dr Burnham), Baltimore, Md.

JAMA. 1998;279(18):1485-1486. doi:10.1001/jama.279.18.1485

As the number of spectators attending the Olympic Games has steadily increased, the scope of Olympic medicine has expanded beyond just caring for athletes. In this issue of JAMA, 2 articles focus on the measures taken to ensure the health of the estimated 2.2 million athletes, staff, and spectators who attended the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. The article by Meehan et al1 describes the planning and implementation of a public health surveillance and response system. The article by Wetterhall et al2 examines the 10715 physician-patient encounters recorded during the 17 days of the Olympic Games. These articles provide valuable information for planning future Olympic Games, and present useful lessons that can be applied to medical care for other mass gatherings and special events.

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