Syphilis outbreak plagues Mille Lacs Band
By Forum News Service Today at 11:38 a.m.

...The outbreak in Mille Lacs County is concentrated in the American Indian community and is related to drug abuse, MDH reported.

Syphilis cases in Minnesota increased by 30 percent between 2015-16. In 2016, 852 cases of syphilis were reported, with six cases of congenital syphilis. For 2017, 42 cases were associated with an outbreak in Mille Lacs County first identified in January. Of these, 22 cases are female and six are pregnant, and 14 of the 22 acknowledge drug abuse. In addition, MDH identified five cases in Red Lake County and four cases in Crow Wing County with links to the Mille Lacs outbreak...