In the middle of the coronavirus, Alaskan health officials are dealing with another outbreak ̵1; syphilis.
According to local media reports, the state Department of Health and Human Services has published sexually transmitted diseases at the national level and in Alaska. The Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin on Syphilis, published on Thursday, said the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases doubled in 2019 and health workers fear that their number will reach a similar maximum in 2020.
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According to the bulletin, most cases occurred in heterosexual men and women. The increase in women’s cases increases the risk of women passing the infection on to their babies. According to the report, officials emphasize the importance of STD screening during the initial prenatal visit, during the third trimester, and at the time of delivery for vulnerable individuals. ‘ “
“This is a reminder that as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic, there are other outbreaks that require our attention,” she said in a statement to the local KTUU-2 television outlet. Joe McLaughlin, a state epidemiologist in Alaska.
An outbreak of syphilis in Alaska was first declared in 2018. At that time, 114 cases were reported by a state epidemiologist. By 2019, however, the number of cases of syphilis had risen to 242, an increase of 112 percent.
In the case of cases, many factors contributed to the rise. These included methamphetamine and heroin use, homelessness and a history of imprisonment within 12 months prior to the survey, according to the state bulletin of epidemiology.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended states with STD clinics to open up according to capacity constraints in an effort to prioritize patients with STD symptoms and groups considered high risk.
To reduce the spread of the disease, the department recommended Alaskans to take precautionary measures, regularly test and seek treatment, and inform their partner if positive, according to KTUU-2.