By NewsDesk @bactiman63
After reporting more than 5,000 cases in 2017, the first time that happened in more than 4 decades and nearly 7,000 cases in 2018, the first time since 1970, Japan continues to see the sexually transmitted infection, syphilis at high levels in the first half of 2019.
According to data from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, 3407 syphilis cases were reported through July 10.
This total includes 887 cases reported in Tokyo, 565 in Osaka and 178 cases in Aichi prefecture.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium, Treponema pallidum. The most common way to get syphilis is by having sexual contact (oral, genital or anal) with an infected person. The secondary lesions are also infective and contact with them could transmit the bacteria. It can also be transmitted from an infected mother to her baby (congenital transmission).