MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Public Health is issuing a health advisory for north Alabama. It comes after a rise in syphilis cases.
ADPH says Madison County reported a 90% increase in cases last year. Fifty-four cases have been reported so far this year in Madison County.
Health officials say infection can occur after a person has direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Syphilis can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby.
Persons who contract syphilis may develop a sore or rash but many are not aware of infection until they are tested. Syphilis can normally be cured with antibiotics.
The Health Department is now starting an enhanced screening program and outreach to at-risk groups.