Provider News Fall 2016 - Syphilis

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Screen your patients: Syphilis outbreak continues in Shasta County

Shasta County is experiencing a syphilis outbreak. This disease often goes undiagnosed because it’s largely asymptomatic. However, it can result in damage to the brain, nerves, eyes and heart.
Please screen sexually active patients for syphilis, especially pregnant women; Shasta County has already had two cases of syphilis in pregnant women this year.

Congenital syphilis is preventable. If the pregnant woman and her sexual partner are treated promptly and appropriately and don’t get infected again, the newborn likely will not be infected. Syphilis is usually treated with benzathine penicillin G IM and sexual partners should also be treated.

Shasta County Public Health does not screen for sexually transmitted infections, but some of the facilities that do are:

Shasta Community Health Center, 246-5710
Women’s Health Specialists, 221-0193
Planned Parenthood, 351-7100