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OHA sounds alarm on increasing number of congenital syphilis cases – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-10-25 20:05:57 –

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — The Oregon Department of Health issues health warnings to public health professionals and healthcare providers about the urgent need to address the growing number of cases of congenital syphilis in the state. bottom.

According to OHA, congenital syphilis is a disease that occurs when a pregnant person suffering from syphilis transfers the infection to her baby during pregnancy and can be fatal.

There were no cases of congenital syphilis in 2013. In contrast, there were 19 cases in 2020, and at the time of this alert, 17 cases were reported to OHA in 2021. The alert was issued last Thursday.

The action requires that the donor and practitioner treat all patients with signs or symptoms consistent with primary or secondary syphilis when they come to the hospital for care.

However, you should not wait for the results of such tests to provide treatment, especially among those who are pregnant, who are homeless, and who have other medical follow-up difficulties.

“Given the serious consequences of (congenital syphilis), all cases are sentry events that indicate that the health care system is marginalized and does not meet the needs of the minority Oregon,” OHA said in a warning. I did. “We found that almost 40% of pregnant women who gave birth to (congenital syphilis) babies did not receive prenatal care.”

Alert added that pregnant people with syphilis are more likely to have contact with other providers, systems, and services during pregnancy. According to OHA, better tuning of these systems may avoid the CS case.

Screening for illness during childbirth is common, but authorities suggest that increased screening at the time of initial presentation to antenatal care and screening for late pregnancy may prevent additional cases. New and re-infectious diseases during pregnancy account for almost a quarter of the cases in Oregon.

According to alerts, it can be difficult to start and complete treatment for this disease.

“For pregnant people diagnosed with late-stage syphilis or syphilis of unknown duration, treatment requires three injections of vicilin LA at the correct time, starting at least 30 days before delivery, at 7-day intervals. Treatment may require coordination with additional care providers and systems for the timely initiation and completion of this multi-dose regimen, “OHA explained.

Agencies also send methamphetamine, heroin, or cocaine to healthcare providers and practitioners by some route for syphilis in people who exchange money or drugs for sex, especially in emergency rooms, emergency care, and prisons. We suggest testing people who use. Other cancer settings, and treatment facilities for substance use disorders.

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