Texas on Alert: Syphilis cases skyrocket in Bexar County – Are you at risk?

Syphilis cases skyrocket in Bexar County

United States: Syphilis has become a concern among the local health authorities of the United States. Now, the new federal data showed that the cases related to Syphilis have spiked in Bexar County and Texas.

It is noteworthy that the cases of Syphilis have also been increasing across the world and have reached up to the highest levels since the 1950s, as the official data revealed.

Insights into the spread of Syphilis in Bexar!

The rate of syphilis cases in Bexar has witnessed an increase of approximately 110.9 percent between 2011 and 2021, according to the surveillance report shared by Metro Health.

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The number of cases in Bexar has consistently exceeded both state and national levels.

What do numbers have to reveal?

According to the details shared by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas has ranked fourth among the states with the highest congenital syphilis cases – which means that the infection is passed from a pregnant mother to her fetus, according to the data by Axios.

The data showed that Texas reported 246.8 cases per 100,000 births.

The list has been topped by Nex Mexico, with 355.3 cases per 100,000 births, according to the CDC.

The report by the health agency also revealed that approximately six in ten (6 in 10) congenital syphilis cases are reported in just five states. The states which have the highest number of cases are:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Louisiana, and
  • Texas

Is the syphilis situation in the United States alarming?

In 2022, as many as 207,000 cases of Syphilis were reported nationally – the numbers surged by approximately 17 percent and by nearly 80 percent since 2018.

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The official data further revealed that in 2022, total congenital syphilis cases touched the bar of 3,755. In addition to this, around 282 stillbirths and infants died because of the disease, which is reportedly preventable with timely detection and treatment.

Comments by experts!

The acting director of the division of STD prevention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Laura Bachmann, stated that the efforts of the national health authorities have reached “a tipping point,” according to Axios.

Bachmann, through a statement outlined, “We have long known that these infections are common, but we have not faced such severe effects of syphilis in decades.”

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