Syphilis is the sexually transmitted disease (STD) that, if it’s not treated with antibiotics, can lead to the patient’s death. Later stages of the disease can cause blindness, paralysis, tumors, and even damages to the nervous system.
Learning how to protect yourself from syphilis is a ‘must’, but residents of an American city seem to have neglected the rule. According to CBS58.com, the cases of people infected with the STD have surged 300% in Milwaukee, the largest city in the American state of Wisconsin.
Pregnant women are urged to get screened for syphilis
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is now urging pregnant women from Milwaukee to get screened for syphilis, and you might have already guessed the reason. Mothers who become infected with the STD can pass it to their babies.
The official announcement is clear:
Cases of adult and congenital syphilis are on the rise in Wisconsin. If present at birth, syphilis can cause poor birth outcomes. We urge all pregnant people in Wisconsin to talk to their provider and be screened, especially if you live in area where there are higher rates of syphilis. These outcomes are preventable.
Syphilis is known as “the great imitator” for its ability to cause symptoms similar to a lot of other diseases. During its first stages, most patients tend to take it way too lightly, considering that there are no reasons for a close medical investigation.
The bacterium Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum is the one causing syphilis. The signs and symptoms of the STD can vary depending on which one of the four stages the illness presents: primary, secondary, latent, or tertiary.