0
Article |

The Changing Epidemiology of Viral Hepatitis in the United States

Michael B. Gregg, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(4):350-354. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110100082030.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

ABSTRACT

Except for the internationally quarantinable diseases, no regulations require reporting of communicable diseases such as viral hepatitis in the United States. Practicing physicians voluntarily report viral hepatitis to their local health departments; however, for a variety of reasons, including inapparent infections and lack of interest, the cases represent only a small percentage of patients who develop the disease. Furthermore, no efforts are made to verify the physician's diagnosis by local, state, or federal officials. Despite these inherent defects, all states have reported viral hepatitis cases weekly since 1952, and consistent epidemiologic trends have emerged from analysis of the collected data nationally.

Figure 1 shows reported cases of viral hepatitis by quarter since July 1952. Incidence of viral hepatitis peaked in 1953 to 1954 and 1960 to 1961 and is believed to represent predominantly infectious hepatitis. Another peak in 1967 to 1968 was anticipated; however, it did not appear. On

Topics

Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

First Page Preview

View Large
/>
First page PDF preview

Figures

Tables

References

Correspondence

CME
Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).
Submit a Comment

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();