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April 1988

From the MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Reoirt Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(4):509-510. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670040023014

Continuing Increase in Infectious Syphilis—United States  THROUGH THE FIRST 46 weeks of 1987, 31,323 cases of infectious (primary and secondary) syphilis were reported to CDC through the MMWR Morbidity Surveillance System. This total exceeds the number of cases reported for the same period in 1986 by 32%. The projected annual incidence of infectious syphilis for 1987 is 14.7/100,000, which would be the highest rate since 1950. While 56% of all cases and 83% of the increase were reported from Florida, New York City (NYC), and California, 25 of the other 49 reporting areas also had increases. Nine areas had absolute increases of over 100 cases; in two of these areas, the relative increases were over 100% (Table 1). With the exception of Oregon and Connecticut, areas with high incidence rates experienced the greatest increases. Texas, with a 22% decrease in reported cases, and Louisiana, with a 9% decrease, were notable exceptions to the overall pattern of

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