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July 27, 1984

A medical team goes to Olympics

JAMA. 1984;252(4):453-454. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350040001001

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Members.LTAembers of one of the best-trained American teams in Los Angeles are hoping not to see much action during the forthcoming summer Olympic Games.

They are physicians of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, which has its headquarters at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta (JAMA [MEDICAL NEWS] 1979;241:2776-2782 and 1983;250:1131-1132). From now until Aug 12, when the 23rd Olympiad is scheduled to end, they are joining other public health officials in watching for what Michael B. Gregg, MD, calls "big or puzzling" changes in the health status of the hundreds of thousands of people on hand for the summer Games.

Gregg, deputy director of the CDC's Epidemiology Program Office and editor of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, says the surveillance is being carried out in close cooperation with state and local health officials and that a key ingredient is "a first-rate communications system." Physicians of the Epidemic Intelligence Service—usually