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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the Treponema pallidum bacterium. (NIAID, cropped from original)

FAQ: Why are syphilis cases on the rise in Canada?

With the alarming rise in syphilis cases in recent years, it’s important to know what it is, how it’s spread and who is most at risk.
An increase in cases of diseases caused by group A Streptococcus has been seen in several countries including Canada. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID))

Strep A explainer: Why invasive cases are increasing, how it spreads and what symptoms to look for

An increase in serious illnesses caused by group A Streptococcus has recently made Strep A a growing concern in Canada and elsewhere. Here’s why and how it’s spreading, and what symptoms to look for.
Feet of a person with lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. WHO

Patients’ beliefs about illness matter: the case of elephantiasis in rural Ghana

In rural Ghana, only 18% of patients believe elephantiasis is a disease. Some others think it is caused by curses or even rain. Only by understanding local beliefs can it be treated effectively.

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