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Cities such as Kansas City and St. Louis were once known as having the largest syphilis populations, but a recent report from Kaiser Health News shows that the trend has reversed. Today, rural Missouri counties are seeing a high number of syphilis cases, which is quadrupling the number of people with the disease.
It was just 10 years ago that doctors in Australia felt, with the help of national efforts, that they were getting rid of syphilis in the remote native communities. However, it appears the rate of sexually transmitted infections has increased in one territory and three states.