In Case You Missed It: MMWR


The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data and scientific studies from some of the top minds in the United States. Below we highlight some of the most current and informative studies included in their weekly reports. 

Here are some important articles you may have missed from Volume 72, Issues 29-32 of the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series

August 11, 2023 / No. 32 

Featured Articles:

Prevalence of Symptoms ≤12 Months After Acute Illness, by COVID-19 Testing Status Among Adults — United States, December 2020–March 2023

and

Long COVID and Significant Activity Limitation Among Adults, by Age — United States, June 1–13, 2022, to June 7–19, 2023

These reports explore the nuances of “long COVID.” For comparison, the first study includes participants who had COVID-like symptoms but tested negative via polymerase chain reaction or antigen tests. The second study focuses on quality of life aspects due to long COVID.

August 4, 2023 / No. 31

Featured Articles:

Fleaborne Typhus–Associated Deaths — Los Angeles County, California, 2022

and

Cluster of Carbapenemase-Producing Carbapenem-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Among Patients in an Adult Intensive Care Unit — Idaho, 2021–2022

The first report notes that Fleaborne Typhus incidents in Los Angeles, CA have been rising in number since 2010. It provides a symptom guide for doctors for earlier diagnoses and treatment. Also on the rise is the incidence of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria in hospitals. The study reports on a recent cluster in an Idaho ICU.

July 28, 2023 / No. 30

Featured Articles:

Health Care Provider Knowledge Regarding Alpha-gal Syndrome — United States, March–May 2022

and

Geographic Distribution of Suspected Alpha-gal Syndrome Cases — United States, January 2017–December 2022

Alpha-gal syndrome is “an emerging, tick bite–associated allergic condition characterized by a hypersensitivity to an oligosaccharide found in most mammalian meat and products derived from it.” These two reports together provide 1) information for healthcare providers and 2) geographic information from data surveillance.

July 21, 2023 / No. 29

Featured Articles:

Arthritis Among Children and Adolescents Aged <18 Years — United States, 2017–2021

and

Use of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccines in Older Adults: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2023

The first article noted above reports on the demographics and co-concurrent conditions of children diagnosed with arthritis. The second article reveals information on two new vaccines for older adults to help prevent severe outcomes due to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

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