Alberta's syphilis outbreak, described as the largest in more than 70 years, is now into its second year and forms part of a nationwide trend that has seen cases increase over the last six years. The Edmonton area has borne the brunt of the rise in cases, which has resulted in a number of stillbirths and several infants acquiring congenital syphilis infection. Read more
Advice for travellers
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacterium that enters through wounded skin or mucous membranes. You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Infections can cause long-term complications if not treated correctly with an effective antibiotic. Read more about syphilis and other STIs.
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