By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the syphilis situation in Ireland, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) reported 418 syphilis cases through July 31. This is up 96 cases, or 30 percent compared to the same period in 2020 (322).


Syphilis is easily treated but highly infectious, and many people with the condition often don’t develop symptoms.

HSE Ireland says that if left untreated, syphilis can cause “serious health problems” to the heart, brain, eyes and nervous system that could take years to develop. It can also pass from pregnant women to their child, potentially causing serious harm.