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Syphilis in an urban community.
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PMID:  9735518     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent reports of changes in the epidemiology of syphilis prompted a review of syphilis in our urban community. All records of positive syphilis serology reported to the City of Scarborough Health Department between 1990-94 were reviewed for key epidemiological variables. While infectious stages of syphilis were reported more often among young adults, incidence for all stages increased among successive age groups, with a male/female ratio of 1.0. One in five cases were identified during immigration screening, with a disproportionate number of cases immigrating from the Caribbean, Africa and Subcontinental India. Overall, the incidence of syphilis decreased during the study. However, a correlation of 0.95 was found between the provincial incidence of syphilis and number of tests ordered. The observed decrease in syphilis, therefore, may represent a decrease in detection owing to lack of testing.
D L Reynolds; F Evangelista; B M Ward; R H Notenboom; E R Young; C O D'Cunha
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of public health = Revue canadienne de santé publique     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0008-4263     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Public Health     Publication Date:    1998 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-10-06     Completed Date:  1998-10-06     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372714     Medline TA:  Can J Public Health     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  248-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Community Medicine Residency, University of Toronto.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Emigration and Immigration
Infant, Newborn
Middle Aged
Ontario / epidemiology
Retrospective Studies
Syphilis / epidemiology*,  pathology,  prevention & control
Syphilis, Congenital / epidemiology

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