“Why do you think that?” asked the Microbiologist.
“Well, they have a funny skin lump and I had read recently that syphilis can mimic any other type of infection and that it’s making a comeback and so I did the test and it’s positive!”
The Microbiologist groaned to himself.
“Let me have a look at the results as well” he said.
To the Microbiologists surprise the patient did have positive syphilis serology.
“Where is the patient from?” the Microbiologist asked.
“What do you mean? They live locally” answered the GP.
“I mean where were they born? Have they lived abroad?”
“Oh, I don’t know. Why does it matter?”
“Can you give them a call and find out then call me back. This could be Yaws, Pinta or Bejel” replied the Microbiologist.
“Sorry my what? …Your's a pint of what…and a bagel? What did you say? This line is really bad” said the GP getting increasingly confused.
“Find out where they have been and call me back and then I’ll explain further” answered the Microbiologist.