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Genomic sequencing used to track syphilis outbreaks in Melbourne’s suburbs – The New Daily

Scientists are using genomic sequencing technology, like that used to tackle COVID-19 clusters, to track worsening syphilis outbreaks in Melbourne.

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Scientists are using genomic sequencing technology, like that used to tackle COVID-19 clusters, to track worsening syphilis outbreaks in Melbourne’s suburbs.
Doctors and specialists have reported a dramatic rise in the sexually transmitted infection in recent years.
The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has reported a 20-fold increase in patients presenting with ocular syphilis, from just two patients in 2006 to 21 in 2019.
While syphilis outbreaks have previously been found in the Northern Territory…

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