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Polk County confirms six cases of Syphilis

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A spike in syphilis cases are being reported in Polk County.

Heath officials said six cases of the sexually transmitted disease have been confirmed in the past six weeks. That is about the number the agency confirms in a year.

A department nurse said they have not yet tracked the outbreak to its source. Right now, officials assume all six cases can be tracked back to one person.

The disease causes sores and damage to internal organs.

 

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