8.21.18 – Syphilis Cases Increase, Enhanced Testing and Treatment Recommended

Dear Healthcare Colleague,

I would like to alert you to an ongoing syphilis outbreak among individuals who report exchanging sex for drugs and/or money, many of whom also report injection drug use. Of particular concern are the rising numbers among women, increasing the potential for congenital syphilis which can cause fetal or infant mortality, or have devastating lifelong outcomes for infants. To address this concerning increase, we need your assistance to test patients at high  risk of exposure, ensure timely treatment for those who are infected, and report all syphilis infections and treatment to the health department immediately.

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