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OKLAHOMA: Syphilis on the Rise in Garfield County (10.31.2013)

An article from recently reported that, due to an increase in reported syphilis cases in Garfield County, Okla., local health officials are encouraging individuals who might be at risk to get tested for the disease. The Oklahoma State Department of Health declared a syphilis outbreak among young adults in Enid and the surrounding areas after receiving reports of 18 new cases so far this year. Garfield County received a total of 10 early syphilis case reports for all of 2012. According to the county’s Health Department Administrative Director Chad Newton, the good news is that since health professionals can identify syphilis through examination and testing, and treat and cure it with antibiotics, they can keep the disease from spreading.


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