Aids Weekly Plus
KCRG reported that health officials in Polk County, Iowa, declared a recent spike in syphilis cases. According to Sara Boese, a health department official, the county has recorded 130 cases of the STD in 2013, many of which have been incidents of re-infection. An average year sees only 10 to 20 cases. The syphilis bacteria can attack internal organs and cause damage to bones, the heart, and the brain. Symptoms include sores on different parts of the body, although they can go away while the disease continues to do internal harm.