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oa South African Medical Journal - Endemic syphilis in a South African Coloured Community

Volume 28, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574

 

Abstract

It is popularly supposed that syphilis is acquired only congenitally or venereally. But where suitable conditions favourable to its spread are found, namely a high syphilis rate and low standards of living, it is possible for the disease to spread by contact among the age-group most vulnerable, the children. The disease is probably endemic, but improved medical supervision may make it appear as a sudden outbreak or epidemic. The signs of the disease are indistinguishable from congenital syphilis or from secondary venereal syphilis, its true nature being suspected only from the age-group attacked and the suggestion of contact-spread.

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1954-02-01
2016-12-10

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