Ohio: Syphilis Rates Triple in Cincinnati
April 6, 2010
The Cincinnati Health Department is launching a campaign to raise awareness about syphilis and its prevention among health care providers and the public, after documenting several consecutive annual increases in cases. Reports of the STD have more than tripled from 2007 to 2009 -- growing from 56 cases in 2007, to 70 cases in 2008, to 171 cases in 2009 -- according to city data. In addition, an unknown number of people have the disease but have not been diagnosed, CHD officials said.
The CHD will offer syphilis treatment and prevention training to physicians, nurses, and other health workers through its STD Regional Training Center. Barbara Boylan, program manager of the federally funded center, will lead the efforts. Her office serves six states.
04.05.2010; Peggy O'Farrell
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