Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Bejel

Form of syphilis contracted without sexual contact, characterized by lesions of the skin, mucous membranes and bones; caused by a spirochete, Treponema pallidum endemicum. Infects mainly children; endemic in the arid countries of the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Mediterranean. Aka nonvenereal syphilis, endemic syphilis.

See nonvenereal treponematoses.

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