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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 6, 2002

Measles—United States, 2000

JAMA. 2002;287(9):1105-1106. doi:10.1001/jama.287.9.1105

MMWR. 2002;51:120-123

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In 2000, a provisional total of 86 confirmed measles cases were reported to CDC by state and local health departments, representing a record low and a 14% decrease from the 100 cases reported in each of the previous 2 years.1,2 This report describes the epidemiology of measles in the United States during 2000 and documents the continued absence of endemic measles and the continued risk for internationally imported measles cases that might result in indigenous transmission.

Following state laws and regulations, health-care providers, laboratories, and other health-care personnel report confirmed measles cases to state public health departments; this information is forwarded to CDC.3 Data on vaccination status, age, complications, setting of transmission, and serologic confirmation of cases also are collected.