Cuyahoga County reports syphilis outbreak

CLEVELAND (WTOL) - The Cuyahoga County Health Department and several doctors meet with the media members on Wednesday to address a Syphilis outbreak throughout the county.

Cuyahoga County has seen a 400 percent jump in Syphilis cases. Eighty reported cases in just the last eight months.

Doctors are concerned about an epidemic-type outbreak that's including more and more young people.

The STD is transmitted through unprotected sex or sometimes direct contact with Syphilis sores. It can cause heart and nerve damage, dementia and even death.

The good news, Syphilis is curable if treated early.

The problem is so serious that health officials are calling for doctors to test all sexually active patients at least once for Syphilis.

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