More syphilis testing during pregnancy

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The Erie County Department of Health is advising pregnant women to receive additional syphilis tests.

Erie County’s Director of Nursing, Char Berringer, says the county historically would see one to three syphilis cases a year, and just in 2016 so far, there have already been 10 reported cases.

Berringer says there is an increased rate of syphilis across the country and state, and a new alert from the commonwealth advises pregnant women to get tested often.

“What this alert highly recommends is that there be another syphilis test either at the time of delivery or at the time of a stillborn birth,” said Berringer.

The county does provide free syphilis testing every Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon at the department of health. You can find their contact information HERE to find out more about the free tests.

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