We read with great interest the commentary of Aase et al entitled "Do we need the term fetal alcohol effects (FAE)?"1 As a public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been working with states and academic organizations to develop and evaluate prevention programs for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). A fundamental component of such programs is the design and implementation of population-based surveillance systems for FAS to track the magnitude of the problem to assess temporal trends related to intervention programs.2,3

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