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Revised AIDS definition released.

Revised AIDS definition released

Taking into account new information on the ways in which AIDS can attack the body, CDC epidemiologists have released an expanded definition of medical conditions that constitute a case of AIDS. The official definition, devised to help determine which cases should be reported to health officials, includes for the first time AIDS-associated degenerative disease of the brain and wasting syndrome (emaciation). Published in a supplement to the Aug. 14 MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT, the definition also broadens the number of conditions considered "AIDS-indicative,' which are viewed as strong evidence for AIDS--even if the patient tests negative for antibodies against the AIDS virus. State and local health departments are expected to begin tabulating cases on the basis of this definition by Sept. 1, according to the report. There have been more than 40,500 U.S. cases reported thus far.
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Date:Aug 29, 1987
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