In­fec­tious syphilis cases on the rise in P.E.I.

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

CHAR­LOT­TE­TOWN, P.E.I. — The num­ber of cases of in­fec­tious syphilis has prompted Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s chief public health of­fi­cer to is­sue an ad­vi­sory. Since Jan­uary 2014, the province has been no­ti­fied of 15 lab con­firmed cases of in­fec­tious syphilis and no­ticed a steady in­crease since 2010. The chief public health of­fi­cer is con­cerned there may be oth­ers who have con­tracted the dis­ease un­know­ingly and should get a blood test to de­ter­mine if they are in­fected. Early symp­toms of in­fec­tion can in­clude a pain­less ul­cer, rash, fever, swollen or en­larged lymph nodes, hair loss, and headaches. Syphilis can cause se­ri­ous health com­pli­ca­tions if un­treated, in­clud­ing heart prob­lems, brain dam­age, blind­ness and even death. In Prince Ed­ward Is­land, the public says the ma­jor­ity of cases are men but some women are be­ing in­fected as well.

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