Syphilis Testing Guidance Issued for Pa. Counties That Exceed Case Rate Threshold

Last Updated: Apr 5, 2018

blood-test-articleThe Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) issued a health advisory with syphilis testing guidance for counties that have reported a case rate of Primary and Secondary (P&S) Syphilis that exceeds the statewide 2017 threshold case rate of 2.0 cases per 100,000 population.

The advisory – which was issued on April 2, 2018 – was shared with Pennsylvania physicians and others subscribed to receive PA Health Alert Network (PA-HAN) alerts.

DOH is recommending special testing precautions for all pregnant women be taken in the following counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Indiana, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, McKean, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York. The advisory includes details on testing, treatment, and reporting. 

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