Epidemiología y control de la sífilis contagiosa en Chile
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The incidence of contagious syphilis (both recent symptomatic and recent latent), which had been rapidly decreasing in Santiago Province from prior to 1950, began to increase again in 1955, so much so that more cases were notified in 1960 than in 1950. This is a common occurrence in many countries and regions, and in Chile it is attributable to three main factors: the decreasing effectiveness of the venereal control program; the indifference of the public and of physicians in general due to the effectiveness of antibiotics; and the deterioration of economic, social, and cultural conditions among the populationOn the other hand, congenital syphilis, the control of which depends mainly on maternal and child health programs, has continued to decrease to a point where its disappearance can be predicted within a relatively short time if those programs continue to be as effective as they have been up to nowThe incidence of gonorrhea is subject to the same variations as contagious syphilis, except that there is a time lag of some two to three years and the disease is less widespread. It would seem that the quality of a VD control program has less effect on the prevalence of gonorrhea than on that of syphilisAs to sex distribution, contagious syphilis is reported throughout the Province almost twice as frequently in men than in women. The data submitted indicate a greater incidence in young ...(AU)
Epidemiology and control of contagious syphilis in Chile
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