bejel

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bejel

[′be·jəl]
(medicine)
An infectious nonvenereal treponemal disease occurring principally in children in the Middle East.
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World Health Organization (2001) Handbook of Endemic Treponematoses Yaws, Endemic Syphilis and Pinta.
Yaws originated in the Old World, before evolving and spreading with humans to the Middle East and Eastern Europe as endemic syphilis, and then to the Americas as yaws, the team proposes.
Moreover, whites who recorded these diseases among Aboriginals in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries knew nothing about related indigenous diseases, such as yaws and non-venereal endemic syphilis, which they may have mistaken for venereal syphilis.
The synergistic relationship between syphilis and HIV infection is one among many reasons for Canada to now expand the previously stated goal of low level containment by actively pursuing a strategy to eliminate endemic syphilis. Canada is in a favourable position to achieve this goal which will require adequate funding for prevention efforts, efficient case management and partner notification, enhanced surveillance to ensure rapid response to outbreaks, coordinated support of provincial and territorial health departments, and involvement of community organizations and agencies.
However, what these Europeans had uncovered was, according to Watts, "construct syphilis," because Westerners had confused sexually transmitted venereal syphilis with two non-sexually transmitted treponema diseases, yaws and endemic syphilis, both of which also yield positive results in Wasserman tests.