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Data from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases showed Friday that in 2017, for the first time since comparable data became available in 1999, there were over 5,000 syphilis patients domestically, with the number rising particularly among women in their 20s.

According to the national research center, as of Dec. 17, 2017, the total number of syphilis patients stood at 5,534, up from 4,518 in 2016. The cause of the increase in people contracting the sexually transmitted disease remains unclear.

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