By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
According to the latest edition of the Epidemiological Bulletin of Syphilis (computer translated) of the Department of Chronic Conditions and Sexually Transmitted Infections (DCCI), of the Health
Surveillance Secretariat (SVS), of the Ministry of Health (MS), 158,051 cases of syphilis were reported across the country in 2018, an increase of 28.3 percent over the previous year.
In addition, there were 62,599 cases in pregnant women – an increase of 25.7 percent of cases compared to 2017. The states of Rio de Janeiro, Acre, Mato Grosso do Sul, Espírito Santo, Rio Grande do Sul, Tocantins, Santa Catarina and Pernambuco have highest rates in Brazil.
26,219 cases congenital syphilis (incidence rate of 9.0 / 1,000 live births); and 241 deaths from congenital syphilis (rate mortality rate of 8.2 / 100,000 live births) were reported in 2018.
States with higher rates that the national average are Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Rio Grande do Sul, Tocantins, Pernambuco, Amazonas, Sergipe, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará and Piauí.