Local health officials are seeing a rise in a dangerous sexually transmitted disease.
The Johnson County Health Department has seen a spike in the number of people infected with syphilis. Currently the county has 25 confirmed or suspected cases of the disease, and most of those infected are in their mid-teens to mid-20s, according to Dr. Craig Moorman, county health officer.
The number of syphilis cases the health department typically sees in a year wasn’t available, but 25 is high, Moorman said.
The department began noticing the syphilis increase after being notified by the Bell Flower Clinic, which is part of the Marion County Health Department.