Berlin health authorities report jump in syphillis

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4 October 2004 , BERLIN - Germany saw a drastic 20 percent rise in cases of the sexually-transmitted disease syphillis last year, chiefly among homosexual men in large cities, the Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI) reported Monday. The Berlin-based disease research think-tank said that there were 2,932 syphillis infections recorded last year, with around 90 percent of the cases accounted for by males, and around three-quarters of the cases among homosexual men. The German capital Berlin, with 18.1 syphillis cases

4 October 2004

BERLIN - Germany saw a drastic 20 percent rise in cases of the sexually-transmitted disease syphillis last year, chiefly among homosexual men in large cities, the Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI) reported Monday.

The Berlin-based disease research think-tank said that there were 2,932 syphillis infections recorded last year, with around 90 percent of the cases accounted for by males, and around three-quarters of the cases among homosexual men.

The German capital Berlin, with 18.1 syphillis cases per 100,000 residents, led the list of infections, followed by the country's second-largest city, Hamburg. Major rates were recorded in such cities as Frankfurt and Cologne.

The RKI, in its epidemiological bulletin, noted that there was a strong incidence rate of repeated syphillis infections among men. In the large cities Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne and Munich, one- third of the syphillis cases were re-infections.

The RKI warned that the increase in syphillis infections "may no longer be interpreted as a short-term and temporary phenomenon".

DPA

Subject: German news

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