The Iowa Department of Public Health says the state is experiencing a significant increase in STD cases.
The data for 2012 cases is preliminary, but the DPH says they know enough to say there has been a significant increase in syphilis cases statewide.
Polk County saw 112 reported cases from January to October of 2012, that’s a 420 percent increase.
The DPH says the rise in syphilis cases is not isolated and people need to take precautions. Symptoms of syphilis can be passed off as the flu or bronchitis, it’s important to get tested if you’re sexually active.
The Health Department expects to have a full report with 2012 statistics completed by the end of March.