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Syphilis clusters in Walsall: case profiles and public health implications.
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PMID:  15137279     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Between the beginning of December 2002 and the end of March 2003, eight cases of infectious syphilis were diagnosed in Walsall. Two unrelated clusters were identified. The first consisted of three cases, two heterosexual patients and a baby with congenital syphilis. The infant had no congenital stigmata of syphilis, which is consistent with recent infection. The second cluster consisted of five cases in men who have sex with men (MSM) who attended a local sauna that attracts men from the Midlands and north west England. One infection was detected in an outreach screening initiative of 60 MSM. Both clusters illustrate the problems of case ascertainment and the need for continued vigilance to the potential of syphilis infection in high risk groups. Vigorous public health efforts are required to promote safer sex and awareness to infection with syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus, reinforced by targeted case finding in clinic and community settings.
R N Pugh; S Laverty; I Simms; I A Morrall; S Chandramani; A T Joseph; M Elsmore; C Morris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Communicable disease and public health / PHLS     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1462-1843     ISO Abbreviation:  Commun Dis Public Health     Publication Date:  2004 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-12     Completed Date:  2004-06-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808711     Medline TA:  Commun Dis Public Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  36-8     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Directorate of Public Health, Walsall PCT, Lichfield House, Walsall WS1 1TE.
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MeSH Terms
Cluster Analysis
England / epidemiology
Homosexuality, Male*
Infant, Newborn
Public Health Practice
Risk Factors
Syphilis / drug therapy,  epidemiology*

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