Ohio: Lucas County Confronts Rise in Syphilis Cases
March 9, 2009
Syphilis cases have been increasing in Lucas County since 2007, a trend that health officials say they have seen across Ohio. The county has reported 15 syphilis cases so far this year, most of them early cases. In 2008, the county reported 35 cases, including 26 detected within a year of transmission, according to the state Department of Health.
Locally, patients are not as easily grouped by sexual orientation, said Art Matten, disease intervention specialist for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. While most patients have been men, some are female, and though most are ages 25-45, some teens have been infected.
"The entire state is concerned at this point," said Matten. "We're trying our best to increase the information."
The Blade (Toledo)
03.08.2009; Julie M. McKinnon