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The Reporting of Venereal Diseases
Because of the widespread prevalence of venereal diseases, the U. S. Public Health Service is preparing a monthly morbidity report for physicians and others interested in the prevention and eradication of syphilis and gonorrhea, to assist state and local boards of health in interesting individual physicians of the United States in more thorough reporting of these diseases. Surveys in representative communities throughout the United States have revealed that the monthly rate per 10,000 of population is 6.6 for syphilis and 10.2 for gonorrhea. During April, the figures for which have just been released, 18,377 cases of syphilis and 10,111 of gonorrhea were reported for thirty-four states and the District of Columbia. The states not represented in these statistics include California, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, which have been reporting regularly but for which no report had been received for the current month; Colorado, Nevada, Utah and
Government Services. JAMA. 1934;103(1):53. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750270055019