Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, March 28th, 2004
After reaching 19 in 1993, the number of syphilis cases dropped dramatically, with five cases in 1994 and just eight more in the next seven years combined. But reported cases increased to eight in 2002 and then more than doubled last year.
"I think that's like the canary in the coal mine. That indicates we've got some real problems," said Dr. William Kassler, state medical director. "We've got some real risks."
Syphilis is easily treated with penicillin, but can cause serious health problems if ignored, Kassler said. Most...
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