Officials urge testing as Portland, Oregon sees rise in syphilis cases

March 4, 2015 12:46 AM

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PORTLAND, Ore.: A spike in syphilis cases in Portland in the past three years has prompted concerned public health officials to urge more sexually active adults to get tested regularly for the treatable bacterial infection.

The Portland metro area has seen about 240 new cases of the disease on average each year since 2012, many times more than the 10 to 30 cases that were detected annually before that.

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