Syphilis is making a comeback, and it seems no country is immune. Earlier we reported increases of the sexually transmitted infection in the United States and Japan, now German officials report similar increases in their country.
According to a report from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany saw an increase of 14 percent in 2014, putting the raw numbers at 5,722 new cases of syphilis last year.
Like many countries, Germany saw a decline in syphilis cases early last decade; however, an increase has been seen in more recent years.
Berlin saw the most syphilis per population, much more than the nation as a whole (31/100,000 population vs 7.1/100,000 population), while Hamburg was the state with the second highest prevalence.
Munich and Cologne are the cities reporting highest incidence of syphilis.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that is spread by direct, skin to skin contact during unprotected sex. Pregnant women who are infected can transmit it to their unborn babies.