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Defining Moments in MMWR History: Toxic-Shock Syndrome -- 1980


In the late 1970s and early 1980s, an outbreak of a disease called Toxic Shock Syndrome made healthy women sick. CDC’s disease detectives helped unravel the link between Toxic Shock Syndrome and high-absorbency tampons. MMWR was the first scientific publication to break the news of these cases. In this podcast, Dr. Kathy Shands, former chief of CDC’s Toxic Shock Syndrome Task Force, recalls her experience working with state epidemiologists to identify the link between toxic shock syndrome and tampon use. Created: 11/3/2017 by MMWR. Date Released: 11/3/2017. Series Name: Defining Moments in MMWR History.

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