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Alberta has declared an outbreak of a sexually transmitted infection.
A total of 1,536 cases of infectious syphilis were reported in 2018 compared to 161 in 2014, almost a tenfold increase.
Infectious and congenital syphilis rates have escalated across the province over the past five years, with a sharp increase in 2018, prompting the declaration.
“We need to emphasize for all Albertans: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a risk to anyone who is sexually active, particularly people who have new sex partners and are not using protection,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
“I encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested regularly. Anyone in Alberta can access STI testing and treatment for free.”
According to the province, the rate of infectious syphilis has not been this high in Alberta since 1948.