April 19, 2024
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San Diego County public well being officers are reminding those that are pregnant or planning to grow to be pregnant to speak to their well being care supplier about getting screened for syphilis, officers mentioned Tuesday.

Instances of infants born with syphilis have elevated in San Diego County, reaching a file 35 in 2022, in accordance with new information from county public well being officers.

Syphilis is a contagious bacterial an infection that may be unfold by sexual contact or from a mom to a child throughout being pregnant. That model known as congenital syphilis and may result in miscarriage, stillbirth, main well being issues in infants and even dying if not handled, in accordance with Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, group communications officer for the county.

The county’s variety of congenital syphilis instances in 2022 is up from 30 in 2021 and consists of two stillbirths. Since 2013, the speed of congenital syphilis has elevated by nearly 1,200%, Halvorson mentioned. Instances of syphilis in ladies of potential childbearing age, between 15 to 49 years, have additionally elevated from 369 in 2021 to 424 instances in 2022.

“You’ll be able to defend your child by getting examined throughout your first prenatal go to to your physician and through your third trimester go to, after which getting therapy throughout your being pregnant in case you do have syphilis,” County Public Well being Officer Wilma Wooten mentioned. “It’s vital to get examined as a result of you possibly can have syphilis and never comprehend it and sadly move it on to your child.”

Syphilis signs might be delicate or really feel like signs for different well being issues. It may be handled with antibiotics, even throughout being pregnant, Halvorson mentioned.

Sexual companions of an individual with syphilis must also be examined and handled, officers mentioned.

Syphilis in infants causes bone abnormalities, extreme anemia, enlarged livers or spleens, and mind and nerve issues akin to lack of imaginative and prescient or listening to.

General, syphilis instances, together with congenital syphilis, have steadily risen nationwide because the early 2000s except for a slight lower from 2021 to 2022, Halvorson mentioned.

Assets for syphilis and different STD testing can be found at county public well being facilities.

— Metropolis Information Service