Syphilis at highest rate in B.C. in more than 30 years

Rates for syphilis in the province reached their highest point in more than three decades in 2018 and continue to climb, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. 
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(University of Zurich) Columbus brought syphilis to Europe -- or did he? A recent study conducted at the University of Zurich now indicates that Europeans could already have been infected with this sexually transmitted disease before the 15th century. In addition, researchers have discovered a hitherto unknown pathogen causing a related disease. The predecessor of syphilis and its related diseases could be over 2,500 years old.
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 7 August 2020Source: Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas (English Edition)Author(s): G. Oliván-Gonzalvo
Source: Actas Dermo-Sifiliograficas - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
Abstract Syphilis is an infectious disease that has afflicted mankind for centuries, but a recent increase in worldwide incidence has been evidenced. The authors describe a patient with typical lesions of secondary syphilis and moth-eaten alopecia, whose dermoscopic examination demonstrated empty hair follicles, vellus hair, follicular hyperkeratosis, peripheral black dots, dilated and tortuous vessels, reddish brown background, and hypopigmentation of the hair shafts. Furthermore, this case presented an erythematous background more evident than previously described cases.
Source: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
ernandes Congenital abnormalities cause serious fetal consequences. The term TORCH is used to designate the most common perinatal infections, where: (T) refers to toxoplasmosis, (O) means "others" and includes syphilis, varicella-zoster, parvovirus B19, zika virus (ZIKV), and malaria among others, (R) refers to rubella, (C) relates to cytomegalovirus infection, and (H) to herpes simplex virus infections. Among the main abnormalities identified in neonates exposed to congenital infections are central nervous system (CNS) damage, microcephaly, hearing loss, and ophthalmological impairment, all requiring regular...
Source: Genes - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
This article reviews the history of syphilis, including the unethical studies undertaken in the past; current epidemiology; treatme nt guidelines; and strategies to reduce new infections.
Source: Nursing Clinics of North America - Category: Nursing Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractThe Sexual and Reproductive Health Burden Index (SRHBI) was developed to provide a composite spatial measure of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) indicators that can be widely adopted by urban public health departments for the planning of SRH services. The index was constructed using eight indicators: teen births, low birthweight, infant mortality, new HIV diagnoses, people living with HIV, and incidences of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. Chicago Department of Public Health data (2014 –2017) were used to calculate index scores for Chicago community areas; scores were mapped to provide geovisualization...
Source: Journal of Urban Health - Category: Health Management Source Type: research
Authors: Liao TS, Hashmi A, Lazaroff J, Hennessy RR, Sanders Kim A, Evans Lloyd P, Rosen JB Abstract OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the impact of a 2014 New York City health code change requiring laboratories to indicate if a patient is pregnant or probably pregnant in the electronic laboratory report (ELR) when reporting syphilis and hepatitis B virus (HBV) cases to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). METHODS: We calculated the number of pregnant persons with syphilis or HBV infection reported to DOHMH from January 1, 2013, through June 30, 2018. We compared the proportion in which the...
Source: Public Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Rep Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The age-based syphilis screening policy adopted in this jail yielded high positivity, including newly identified syphilis infections among female adults of childbearing age. The targeted screening policy was formalized in the county-negotiated contract with the jail's private correctional health care company in 2018-a strategy that can be replicated. PMID: 32735188 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Public Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Rep Source Type: research
Authors: Lederman E, Blackwell A, Tomkus G, Rios M, Stephen B, Rivera A, Farabaugh P Abstract OBJECTIVES: Correctional settings (prisons, jails, detention facilities) provide a unique opportunity to screen for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among correctional populations with a high prevalence of infection. Immigrant detainees are a distinct and poorly described correctional population. The main objective of this study was to determine the feasibility of a national STI screening program for immigrant detainees. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We developed an opt-out STI testing program that included electronic h...
Source: Public Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Rep Source Type: research
We describe the efforts of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to integrate its HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infection (STI), and tuberculosis response through policies that mandated contracted organizations to submit specimens for testing to the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory; co-test blood specimens for HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and syphilis; integrate HIV, viral hepatitis, and STI disease surveillance and case management in a single data system; and implement an integrated infectious disease drug assistance program. From 2014 through 2018, the number of tests performed by the Ma...
Source: Public Health Reports - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Rep Source Type: research
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