Public Health Wales issued a warning to the public Thursday upon reporting a significant increase in the number of the sexually transmitted infection, syphilis in North Wales.
Since the middle of 2013 there have been thirty nine cases reported to health officials. Typically, about seven cases are seen each year in North Wales.
Most cases have been seen in men who have sex with men. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.
Dr Chris Whiteside, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales said: “People with syphilis may develop painless ulcers in their genital or mouth area. They may also develop a rash over their body, palms of the hands and soles of their feet.
“We urge anyone with symptoms or who may be at risk of infection to attend their local district general hospital based sexual health/ genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic to be tested.”