The alarming trend: is syphilis on the rise?
We're seeing the highest case numbers in 70 years
Syphilis has been around for centuries. In fact, the first recorded outbreak is said to have occurred in the 1490s in Naples, Italy, during a French invasion. But it wasn't until 1905 that the organism that causes the infection was isolated and identified at a clinic in Berlin. The number of sufferers dropped in the post-World War II years, as penicillin was used to treat it. However, recent numbers suggest a worrying trend: syphilis is on the rise again
What's more, this resurgence is happening at an alarming rate, with a high number of babies being born with congenital syphilis in the United States. It's not just the US though: according to World Health Organization data published in 2020, the increasing number of syphilis cases is a global phenomenon.
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