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Columbus Did Not Bring Syphilis Back to Europe, Research Shows

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MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – It's a common notion that after discovering America, Columbus and his crew then brought back the scourge of syphilis to Europe. But there's now conclusive evidence that the theory simply isn't true, and syphilis was already present in the Old World long before Columbus set sail in 1492. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, say they have discovered evidence of congenital syphilis – the type of illness passed from a mother to her fetus – in skeletons buried as early as 1320 in the cathedral square of St. Polten, Austria. The investigators, from the university's Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology, cut away extremely thin slices of bones and teeth of the skeletons to examine under the microscope. The teeth provided especially good evidence supporting syphilis infection, said a team led by Karl Grossschmidt and Fabian Kanz, of the university's ... Read more

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New STD Report Finds Some Progress, High Costs for U.S.

Posted 23 Nov 2010 by

MONDAY, Nov. 22 – The approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections that occur each year in the United States cost the health care system about $16.4 billion annually, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its annual STD report released Monday. The data for 2009 shows a continued high burden of STDs but there are some signs of progress, according to the report, which focuses on chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. The national rate of reported gonorrhea cases stands at 99 cases per 100,000 people, its lowest level since record keeping started in 1941, and cases are declining among all racial/ethnic groups (down 17 percent since 2006). Since 2006, chlamydia infections have increased 19 percent to about 409 per 100,000 people. However, the report suggests that this indicates more people than ever are being screened for chlamydia, which is ... Read more

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