STD Racing Through Las Vegas?
The State of Nevada and Las Vegas are experiencing a scary outbreak of a nasty disease. This disease doesn’t usually make the headlines. With over 50 sexually transmitted diseases being shared among folks around the country, this one is not the most common. But, it can be deadly if not treated.
The disease is syphilis. What does syphilis do to a person? It causes sores and rashes in its early stages. This is problematic because it can mimic other diseases and may elude proper diagnosis. Later stages, if untreated can lead to organ damage and even death. The good news is that in the early stages it can be cured with a single injection.
CBS News reported that Nevada has the highest rate of syphilis infection in the West following a recent Las Vegas outbreak. The articles states:
Clark County health officials declared an outbreak in Las Vegas last week after noting a 128 percent increase in reported syphilis cases since 2012, with 615 of the 694 cases involving men diagnosed in 2015. This makes Nevada’s rate of syphilis the highest in the West.
The full article is here.
The CDC’s website tells us this about syphilis:
Syphilis is transmitted from person to person by direct contact with a syphilitic sore, known as a chancre. Chancres occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Chancres also can occur on the lips and in the mouth. Transmission of syphilis occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Pregnant women with the disease can transmit it to their unborn child.
To learn more about this disease you can read the CDC’s full report here.