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Article from the Saskatoon StarPhoenix:

Pandemic pressures exacerbated Saskatchewan’s syphilis outbreak

“I know everyone is busy with COVID-19, but syphilis and HIV are not going away. Rather, those outbreaks have expanded with more intensity.”

The top doctor for Saskatchewan First Nations says syphilis rates are reaching a new peak in part because the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench into plans to test, track and treat illnesses like syphilis, hepatitis C and HIV.

“My key point that I’m reminding them (people) of all the time is that I know everyone is busy with COVID-19, but syphilis and HIV are not going away,”said Dr. Ibrahim Khan, medical health officer for First Nations and Inuit Health in Saskatchewan. “Rather, those outbreaks have expanded with more intensity.”

Saskatchewan reported 435 cases of syphilis between Jan. 1 and Sept. 22 this year, compared to 381 in 2019.

Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu is the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s medical health officer for the province’s north, including a sector of the northwest where outbreaks of syphilis and HIV were declared last year. Nsungu said 263 cases were identified in that region as of July 2020.

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https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/pandemic-pressures-exacerbated-saskatchewans-syphilis-outbreak