Temporal Trends in Syphilis and Gonorrhea Incidences in Guangdong Province, China

Tan, NX; Tan, GX; Yang, L.-, G; Yang, B; Powers, KA; Emch, ME; Tucker, JD; (2014) Temporal Trends in Syphilis and Gonorrhea Incidences in Guangdong Province, China. The Journal of infectious diseases, 209 (3). pp. 426-430. ISSN 0022-1899 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jit496

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The high burden of syphilis in China presents a unique opportunity to examine temporal trends. This study used wavelet transformation and Fourier analysis to assess the presence of temporal oscillations in the incidence of syphilis among adults, gonorrhea, and congenital syphilis over 11 years in China's largest province. This study found a significant annual oscillation trend in the incidence of adult syphilis, consistent with a peak during July-September, which was 4-fold higher than the trough, which occurred during January-March. A similar but dampened trend was observed in the incidence of gonorrhea, and no trend was observed for the incidence of congenital syphilis. Further research on the temporal oscillation of the incidence of syphilis is needed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adult, China, Female, Gonorrhea, epidemiology, Humans, Incidence, Male, Seasons, Syphilis, epidemiology
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
PubMed ID: 24041788
Web of Science ID: 329921700017
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1620488


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