Syphilis Cases Explode In Southwestern Indiana

by The Chicago Times Staff

November 17, 2021

EVANSVILLE, IN — The Vanderburgh County Health Department is responding to an adult syphilis outbreak in the Evansville area, with assistance from the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH).

Cases of syphilis have been reported to be on the rise in Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties.  To date, 21 cases have been identified in this outbreak, which includes adults with recent syphilis infections, the majority of which are in highly infectious stages.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious health problems and spread to the brain and nervous system.