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Syphilis cases on the rise in Oneida County

ACR Health, along with the Oneida County Health Department, want to have a serious conversation about syphilis.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 1:40 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2018 1:46 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- ACR Health, along with the Oneida County Health Department, want to have a serious conversation about syphilis.

The sudden spike in cases from last year prompted the Oneida County Health Department to send a health alert to 250 healthcare providers in the county.

To date in Oneida County, there have been 15 new cases of syphilis, which is a 200 percent increase over last year, and three of those cases are women, compared to zero cases among women last year.

"It's just been alarming because now it's gone from men, specifically men last year, to now to three additional women who can transfer it to their child, so it's impacting both sexes,” said Wil Murtaugh, the executive director of ACR Health.

Officials with ACR Health and Planned Parenthood say they don't want lack of health insurance to stop people from getting tested; staff at both places say they can help you with coverage, too.

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