Kansas sees rise in syphilis cases, newborns with disease

The CDC says that an increase of around 3% in chlamydia cases nationwide puts the total number at over 1.7 million, which is the highest it's ever been.

Gonorrhea increased 5% to more than 580,000 cases in the US - also the highest number reported since 1991.

The state's case rates of primary and secondary syphilis, congenital syphilis and gonorrhea improved from 2017 to 2018, showing the Louisiana Department of Health's efforts towards STD prevention are making a positive impact. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported - also the most since 1991.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its latest report on the state of STDs in the United States.

Kansas had eight cases of newborns being born with syphilis in 2018.

The CDC found that five states were responsible for 70-percent of the congenital syphilis cases in newborns a year ago: Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California.

Babies who contract syphilis from their mothers are at an incredible risk. If a pregnant woman is left untreated, there is up to an 80 percent chance she will pass it on to her baby.

"There are tools available to prevent every case of congenital syphilis", said Gail Bolan, M.D., director of CDC's Division of STD Prevention, in a statement to the CDC.

The CDC gives a handful of possible explanations for the increase in STD rates.

The increases coincided with public health funding cuts and clinic closures.

The CDC's report is based on data from 2017 to 2018, and it shows a shocking number of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia cases across the nation.

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