Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, February 23rd, 2003
After a decade when the number of cases of the disease dropped steadily, the number of syphilis cases began rising in 2001.
"This is a very troubling multicity outbreak that is almost exclusive among men who have sex with men," Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said.
Preliminary figures indicate there were 436 new cases of the disease in New York City in 2002, compared with 282 in 2001. In 2000, there were just 117 new cases of syphilis reported.
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