Surveillance Systems for Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Switzerland
February 9, 2007
Surveillance data from laboratory reports in women and men, men attending dermatology clinics and women attending gynecologists were analyzed.
From 1997 to 2003, laboratory reports of cases of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae increased by 31 percent (from 2,573 to 3,449) and 104 percent (from 259 to 528), respectively. During that same period, chlamydia reports from men attending dermatology clinics and women attending gynecologists did not change, while reports of gonorrhea in men attending dermatology clinics increased just slightly. Dermatology clinic reports of syphilis increased 127 percent (from 22 to 50).
"Increases in laboratory reports of chlamydia and gonorrhea were not consistently detected in sentinel populations. Numbers of cases reported to all three systems were low," the authors concluded. "The performance of surveillance systems for sexually transmitted infections should be evaluated regularly."
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
02.2007; Vol. 34; No. 2: P. 76-80, Marcel Zwahlen, Ph.D.; Adrian Spoerri, M.Sc.; Martin Gebhardt Ph.D., M.P.H.; Mirjam Mausezahl, M.D., M.P.H.; Karim Boubaker, M.D.; Nicola Low, M.D., M.F.P.H.
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