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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 47: Illness

Figure 47. Number and rate of newly reported cases of selected diseases among 15- to 24-year-olds: Various years, 1985 to 2002

Number and rate of newly reported cases of selected diseases among 15- to 24-year-olds: Various years, 1985 to 2002
1Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
NOTE: Data are for new reported cases, not the cumulative number of persons in the population with the given condition.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Summary of Notifiable Diseases, United States, various years.

Since 1985, the number of reported tuberculosis cases for 15- to 24-year-olds has remained stable, while the number for 5- to 14-year-olds has declined since 1990. The incidence rates of tuberculosis decreased for both age groups from 1995 to 2002. The number of cases of syphilis and measles affecting 15- to 24-year-olds has been declining since 1990. The incidence rates for both diseases among 15- to 24-year-olds have also declined since 1995. There were 1,858 newly identified cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) for 15- to 24-year-olds in 2002, which represents a decline from the number of cases reported in 1995, when 2,666 new cases were reported. The incidence rates for AIDS decreased from 1995 to 2002 for both 5- to 14-year-olds (.71 per 100,000 population vs. .32 per 100,000 population) and 15- to 24-year-olds (7.51 per 100,000 population vs. 4.74 per 100,000 population).


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