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September 24, 1982

Free distribution ends for 'MMWR' on Oct 1

JAMA. 1982;248(12):1431-1432. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330120009003

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For some, it is difficult to imagine there would be much call for a publication that traffics in such medical esoterica as the accuracy of diagnosis of dengue fever in East Africa or an outbreak of pneumonia from contaminated cooking oil in Spain. But the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), published weekly by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, to keep state and local health departments up to date on trends in infectious and occupational disease, has become must reading for more than 110,000 epidemiologists, physicians, nurses, and medical journalists, as well as for many others not directly involved in public health problems. Surprisingly, only about 10% of readers are public health workers.

According to MMWR editor Michael Gregg, MD, most material published in MMWR comes from state and local health departments or from CDC staff assigned to those departments or working in the Atlanta CDC headquarters. Occasional