Mississippi: Syphilis Remains Problem in State
April 2, 2009
Since taking over as state health officer in 2007, Dr. Ed Thompson has made tackling public health concerns like syphilis, TB, infant mortality, and obesity a priority. Thompson hired additional nurses and disease intervention specialists, and morale at the Mississippi Department of Health has reportedly improved.
Though cases of the STD had been waning, the total so far this year is nearly double that of the same period last year -- 92, compared to 50. Thompson said neighboring states like Tennessee have also recorded increases.
To combat Mississippi's recent rise in syphilis, Thompson said the health department is sending outreach teams into hard-hit areas. The teams are "going door-to-door," raising awareness and educating residents about syphilis prevention, symptoms, and treatment, he said.
Clarion Ledger (Jackson)
03.23.2009; Jerry Mitchell
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.