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LGV Chlamydia trachomatis serotypes: an update from Milan, Italy
  1. Susanna Benardon1,
  2. Giovanna Lunghi1,
  3. Patrizia Bono1,
  4. Annarosa Orlandi1,
  5. Francesca Pacela1,
  6. Antonella Zoccoli1,
  7. Enzo Boeri2,
  8. Michela Sampaolo2,
  9. Marco Cusini1
  1. 1 Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy
  2. 2 San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marco Cusini, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Via Pace 9, Milan 20122, Italy; m.cusini{at}

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Up until 2003, a few cases of Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) diagnosed in Europe were known to be caused by L serovars of Chlamydia trachomatis (L1, L2a, L3). However, the current epidemic, which began among European men who have sex with men (MSM) in 2003, has seen the emergence of LGV with novel epidemiological and clinical features (most notably, the variant L2b).

The evidence reported by this letter from our STI …

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