Ohio: Syphilis Outbreak Reported Here; Tests Urged for the Sexually Active
March 5, 2009
On Wednesday, top health officials sent out a joint public health letter to Cuyahoga County hospitals and clinics, urging area providers to screen all sexually active patients for syphilis.
Officials in Cleveland, Shaker Heights, and Cuyahoga County are asking physicians and other health care providers who conduct STD screenings to follow CDC guidelines calling for syphilis testing of all pregnant women at least twice during their pregnancy and for anyone who tests positive for another STD.
Cleveland officials will continue working with HIV prevention providers to integrate syphilis education into their presentations, as well as partnering with faith-based groups and city school district officials to stem the outbreak. In addition, they are looking for resources to develop and fund public awareness campaigns targeting high-risk populations.
For more information about syphilis testing resources, or to read the full report on the disease's impact, visit www.clevelandhealth.info or telephone the Cleveland Department of Public Health at 216-664-7080.
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
03.04.2009; Angela Townsend
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.