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Tuesday, December 8, 1998 Published at 11:09 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

Syphilis cases in China increase

A national organisation in China that monitors the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases has warned that they are again on the increase, after almost disappearing from the country twenty years ago.

The National Control Centre says sexually transmitted diseases, which are also affecting new-born babies, are now the third most common infectious diseases in China, after dysentery and hepatitis.

It says of particular concern is the rapid rise in cases of syphilis.

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