Prevent and Control Vaccine-Preventable and Other Infectious Diseases
experiencing major outbreaks of measles (rubeola) in 1986 and 1991,
the incidence of the disease has decreased greatly. Though the number
of cases rose in 1994 as a result of a college outbreak, it quickly
returned to a very low level in 1995 and remained there through 1997.
It appears likely that the objective will be achieved by the year 2000.
rate of verified tuberculosis (TB) in the total population increased
steadily from 1986 through 1991, and then began a steady decline through
1997. The same is true for minorities; the peak came in 1992 for that
population. In 1997, for the first time, the rates have gone below their
1986 levels. During the entire twelve year period, the incidence rate
of TB for the minority population has been more than three times that
of the total population. It is unlikely that either TB objective will
1988, the annual incidence of Lyme disease (with rash) has increased
over 200 percent, with only a slight decline in 1997. The number of
cases has consistently far exceeded the year 2000 objective. This has
occurred despite prevention education and tick control efforts throughout
the state. It is doubtful that the year 2000 objective will be reached.
to Health Statistics 1997
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