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A novel response to an outbreak of infectious syphilis in Christchurch, New Zealand.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  25493444     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
During 2012, Christchurch experienced a dramatic increase in cases of infectious syphilis among men who have sex with men. This was accompanied by some novel trends; notably, the acquisition of infection in a younger age group, with local sexual contacts, commonly via the use of social media. This study is a report on an approach to case identification and public health communication as a component of a multifaceted outbreak response. Enhanced syphilis surveillance data on public health responses to outbreaks of sexually transmissible infections was collated and reviewed, alongside clinical records and literature. Reported outbreak response methods were adapted for the Christchurch cohort. A Facebook page was created to raise awareness of infectious syphilis, the importance of screening and where to get tested. Twenty-six males were diagnosed with infectious syphilis in 2012, an increase from previous years, of which 22 reported only male sexual contact. High use of social media used to find potential sexual contacts was reported. Enhanced syphilis surveillance characterised in detail an infectious syphilis outbreak in Christchurch. Index cases were identified, contact tracing mapping was used to identify transmission networks and social media was also used to educate the risk group. There was a decrease in infectious syphilis presentations, with no cases in the last 3 months of 2012.
Authors:
Edward Coughlan; Heather Young; Catherine Parkes; Maureen Coshall; Nigel Dickson; Rebecca Psutka; Peter Saxton; Ramon Pink; Katharine Adams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-12-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexual health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1448-5028     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Health     Publication Date:  2014 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101242667     Medline TA:  Sex Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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