Idaho: Health officials declare syphilis outbreak in Boise, other counties


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Central District Health has declared a syphilis outbreak in Public Health District 4.


The number of reported cases of syphilis increased in 2022 and continues to grow in 2023. In 2018, CDH identified 52 cases of syphilis in Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley counties, while CDH reported 168 cases of syphilis since 1 January 2022 in persons. Their ages range from 15 to 87 years old.

“The rapid increase in syphilis infections highlights the need to raise awareness of the potential for transmission of syphilis among all ages and populations,” said Jessica McClenahan, CDH epidemiologist. “Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can have serious health consequences if left undetected and untreated.”

Symptoms of syphilis can include sores, rashes, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Some people with syphilis
You are not experiencing any symptoms. If left untreated, syphilis can cause vision or hearing loss among others
Neurological complications.

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In addition, pregnant women should consider the risk of congenital syphilis, which occurs in A
A pregnant woman infected with syphilis transmits the infection to the fetus. Congenital syphilis can result
Stillbirth, early infant death, or long-term health problems for the baby. A must for all pregnant women
Syphilis screening is done at the first prenatal appointment and possibly again before delivery
Ensure that there is no risk of congenital syphilis.

Safer sex practices, along with regular testing for STDs and prompt treatment for infections, are
An important part of maintaining general health and well-being.

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