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Iowa on Alert for Syphilis


Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (10.24.03) - Tuesday,

Recently reported cases of syphilis in South Dakota have prompted the state Department of Health to issue an alert to surrounding states, including Iowa, informing residents that they may be at-risk for contracting the disease. Currently, the Iowa Department of Public Health is following up on three sex partners of the South Dakota syphilis cases to ensure that they do not develop the infection and transmit it to others. The department expects to identify more people possibly exposed to syphilis as a result of the South Dakota cases. So far in 2003, seven new cases of syphilis have been reported in Iowa.


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