seroepidemiological characterization of a syphilis epidemic in the republic of the marshall islands, formerly a yaws endemic area.the annual numbers of reported cases of syphilis in the republic of the marshall islands (rmi) increased from none in 1983 to more than 600 in 1989, suggesting a large outbreak of syphilis. much of the increase resulted from expanded serological screening. the apparent outbreak of syphilis, therefore, may have been partly the result of increased surveillance or, since the rmi was formerly a yaws endemic area, possibly due to a resurgence of yaws. to address this problem and better characterize t ...19921634324
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