9 Aug 2012

Syphilis epidemic in NW Queensland

6:20 am on 9 August 2012

A sexual health specialist says syphilis has reached epidemic proportions in north-west Queensland.

Queensland Health has received 146 syphilis notifications in the past 18 months.

Dr Arun Menon of Mount Isa is worried that is only a fraction of the total.

He there have been three cases of congenital syphilis and two foetal deaths.

''What we need to do is make syphilis screening a routine part of everyday work,'' Dr Menon said.