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Fewer syphilis patients reported last year

THE number of newly diagnosed syphilis victims in Shanghai dropped last year for the first time since 2004 -- when the city started publishing figures on the infectious disease in an effort to contain its spread.

According to a report released today by the Shanghai Health Bureau, the city had an unprecedented low incidence of infectious diseases last year with a drop in most infectious diseases except AIDS, thanks to greater efforts in health inspection and education.

Officials said sexually-transmitted diseases like syphilis and AIDS are on rise in the country, prompting the government to step up disease prevention and public education.

The number of registered syphilis patients in Shanghai increased from 4,232 in 2004 to 10,481 last year, the report showed. The incidence rate rose from 31.42 for every 100,000 residents in 2004 to last year's 76.


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