Syphilis Infections Highest since 1999 in Japan

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Tokyo, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--Syphilis cases reported in Japan this year numbered 5,811 as of Nov. 4, highest since data under the current format began in 1999, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Tuesday.

The previous annual high under the current format was 5,770 cases logged last year.

Syphilis is mainly transmitted through sexual contact. Patients may develop red rashes months after their infections.

The disease can be cured completely with early medication, but it can cause death if left untreated. Infections during pregnancy may cause stillbirth.

The number of syphilis patients has been increasing in recent years in Japan, but the cause of the growth remains unknown.

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