A decline in the number of syphilis cases across the country was reported yesterday by the national Cener for Disease & Control.

The venereal disease, when began a climb to epidemic proportions in 1959, started to decrease gradually 18 months ago. The CDC said 1764 eases of primary and secondary syphilis were reported in September, representing a 12.6 per cent drop from the 2,007 cases listed a year ago.

In the first nine months of this year, 15,279 eases were reported representing a decline of nearly 15 per cent from the 17,955 cases in the corresponding period of 1976.

Texas reported the most cases in the first nine months of 1977 with 1,526, followed by Florida with 1,400, and California 1,100 New York City listed 1,319 cases compared with 211 to the remainder of the state Los Angeles recorded 1,006 cases and San Francisco 646. The rest of California had 1,100 cases.

Early latent (less than one-year duration) syphilis cases also declined both for September and for the first few months of the year.

The drop in the incidence of syphilis and another more common veneral disease, gonorrhea, was attributed by the CDC to a massive $165 million control effort launched by federal and state health officials in 1972 ordination. They would join him in [TEXT ILLEGIBLE]

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