In Japan, 6096 patients with syphilis were reported this year, the highest in the last 47 years, the Japanese Institute for Infectious Diseases said today. The number of cases particularly rises in men aged 20-50 and women aged 20-30.
> This year, the number of cases of syphilis has exceeded last year when 5820 patients with this sexually transmitted disease were reported.
In the country of rising sun, the number of cases of syphilis has increased dramatically since 2011, with a total of 827 cases. The reasons for such rapid growth are not known to the competent authorities.
According to the Institute, about a quarter or 1548 of 6096 cases were discovered in Tokyo, while 1,043 cases were found in Osaka district. Of the 5081 patients, 66% of men and 34% of women were between January and September.
When the data was released, the Japanese Department of Health called on people to use condoms and test them when they suspect they might be infected.
Sifilis is a sexually transmitted infection of Treponema Pallidum, which can, if not treated properly, cause long-term complications and even death.