California Desert Resort's Syphilis Rate Alarms Officials
February 6, 2003
A national health alert now in effect is asking health officials to watch for syphilis cases that may have originated in Palm Springs, Calif., which now has one of the nation's highest rates of the disease. Reporting 54 new syphilis cases in 2002, Palm Springs has a rate of 75.5 cases per 100,000 population. State and local health officials said that the STD is spreading primarily among men who have sex with men. Palm Springs is a popular destination for gay visitors worldwide, a fact that authorities fear could accelerate the spread of syphilis.Adapted from:
Los Angeles Times
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.