75 cases of syphilis reported

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) It is the largest outbreak of the disease in Alaska in over 40 years.

    KTVA News reported that the Alaska Section of Epidemiology has requested help with the response from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The state only has records on the sexually transmitted infection dating back to the 1970s.

    The report showed 64 cases in Anchorage.  66 of the 75 were men.  Two of the nine women infected were pregnant at the time of diagnosis.  The ages of the people infected ranged from 18 to 76.  The most were found in the 25 to 29 age group, 20 cases.

    There was also one infant infected.  Symptoms include genital sores, skin rash, swollen lymph nodes and fever.

    The disease in the tertiary stage can damage internal organs and result in death.  It is treated with antibiotics.

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