This study substantiates a previous report concerning the importance of the urban community hospital, particularly its emergency room, in the detection of gonorrhoea in women. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a major complication of gonorrhoea in women, significantly declined during a nine-year surveillance and control programme in the Memphis-Shelby County area. This suggests that the programme may have prevented PID developing in women through the early detection and treatment of asymptomatic infections.
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