Minnesota reports ‘concerning level’ of syphilis cases

Health officials in Minnesota say syphilis cases have risen “sharply” since last year, putting Minnesota at a “concerning level.”

According to an annual report of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV data from the Minnesota Department of Health, syphilis cases jumped 33% from 2020 to 2021. The increase mirrors a national increase, health officials said. In addition, 15 cases of congenital syphilis (CS) in infants were reported in 2021. MDH said that’s a 115% increase from the previous year, where seven such cases were reported. 


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