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A review of an early syphilis outbreak in West Berkshire and Reading 2014–2015
  1. Louise Seppings,
  2. Matthew Hamill
  1. Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Slough, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Louise Seppings, Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Slough SL1 2BJ, UK; louise_seppings{at}

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Between January 2014 and March 2015, there was an outbreak of early syphilis in West Berkshire and Reading. Typically, this region is a low prevalence area; however, an observation of a fivefold increase of early syphilis cases in September 2014 prompted a review and increased surveillance. Data collected were presented to Public Health England and an outbreak declared.

We investigated all confirmed, early syphilis diagnosis …

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