•   
  •   
  •   

Canada Sask. syphilis outbreak continues as doctors struggle to find patients

14:55  09 december  2019
14:55  09 december  2019 Source:   thestarphoenix.com

Legault threatens 'special law' to change how family doctors are paid

  Legault threatens 'special law' to change how family doctors are paid In an interview with Radio-Canada Friday, Legault said he wants to see general practitioners paid by the patient, as opposed to the current system, which pays doctors for every medical act performed, regardless of how many patients are seen. "It doesn't make sense that family doctors, for example, work four or five days a week and leave patients abandoned in the emergency rooms of hospitals," he said.During the 2018 provincial election, Legault's campaign promised to shorten wait times in emergency rooms by 90 minutes, something he said he can only be attained if family doctors are more accessible.

Syphilis is a highly contagious disease usually spread by sexual activity. Learn more about syphilis causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and Cerebrospinal fluid tests. If your doctor thinks you might have neurosyphilis, they’ll test fluid taken from around your spinal cord. Darkfield microscopy.

Syphilis and MSM Fact Sheet from CDC. Why should MSM be concerned about syphilis ? Tertiary syphilis is associated with severe medical problems and is usually diagnosed by a doctor Having a sore or break in the skin from an STD such as syphilis may allow HIV to more easily enter your body.

a woman talking on a cell phone:  Heather Hale is the executive director of Saskatoon Sexual Health.© Matt Smith Heather Hale is the executive director of Saskatoon Sexual Health.

Six months since an outbreak was declared, syphilis continues to surge in Saskatchewan as doctors struggle to track down at-risk patients.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority and Indigenous Services Canada declared an outbreak in June after 42 cases of syphilis were diagnosed in the North Battleford-Lloydminster area in the first six months of the year.

Saskatchewan has a relatively low rate of syphilis compared to other Canadian provinces. However, as of October, the Ministry of Health counted 277 cases of syphilis so far in 2019 compared to just 85 in 2016 — an increase of more than 300 per cent.

112-year-old Melfort, Sask. woman enjoying every minute of life

  112-year-old Melfort, Sask. woman enjoying every minute of life Reita Fennell just celebrated her 112th birthday, making her the oldest person in Saskatchewan and third oldest in Canada.The Melfort,Sask., native turned 112-years-old on Nov. 20, making her the older person in the province.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a type of bacteria. We explain the symptoms The rash won’t itch and is usually found on the palms and soles, but it may occur anywhere on the How is syphilis diagnosed? If you think you might have syphilis , go to your doctor as soon as

All patients diagnosed with syphilis must be tested for HIV and those having follow-up for HIV must There is a continuing and rapid rise in syphilis among MSM, which strongly suggests high levels of Studies of cohorts of untreated patients suggest that symptomatic late syphilis is found in up to 40

Indigenous Services Canada also reported 83 new cases across the province’s 82 Indigenous communities, a staggering 2,000 per cent increase since 2017.

Northern medical health officer Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu said the biggest challenge has been tracking down people who have had sexual contact with existing patients.

Nsungu said health care workers have only been able to locate 65 per cent of contacts, of which 80 per cent have tested positive for syphilis so far.

“That tells us there are a good proportion of people who are infected who have not been detected yet,” Nsungu said.

Syphilis can incubate for up to three months after contact. When initial symptoms do present, they fade quickly on their own, meaning many infected people do not realize they have the disease.

Future still uncertain for small businesses in Calgary as city hikes tax rates

  Future still uncertain for small businesses in Calgary as city hikes tax rates Calgary businesses face an uncertain future in light of the new budget approved last week.Calgary city council approved the 2020 city budget late last week. It contained a 7.51 per cent hike in taxes for the typical family home -- an amount that equates to $12.50 per month.

I once found myself entrapped by a patient as much as she felt trapped by me. I asked her to come and see me in the clinic and rushed through patients to clear half an hour of my schedule. It helped — it would turn out to be the only thing that helped — but she refused to continue the program.

"After he found out about it, he had to live with it. She said the foundation is still trying to find additional descendants. There's a small chance that syphilis dating back to the years of the study could still be in the bloodlines of families who are unaware of their connection to the study, she said.

“The disease can evolve in silence,” Nsungu said.

Once identified, syphilis is treatable and curable. Nsungu said 90 per cent of identified cases have been successfully treated and he was “encouraged” that newer cases are being identified earlier, suggesting the health authority’s outreach campaign is having an effect.

Khan said most new cases were young people and women of child-bearing age who were having unprotected sex with multiple partners.

Forty-three per cent of cases this year were women compared to just seven per cent in 2017, creating concern the disease could spread to a newborn child.

a man wearing a suit and tie:  Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu, Medical Health Officer from North Battleford speaks to media at City Hospital in Saskatoon after HIV and syphilis outbreaks are declared for the North Battleford area. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Kayle Neis).© Kayle Neis Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu, Medical Health Officer from North Battleford speaks to media at City Hospital in Saskatoon after HIV and syphilis outbreaks are declared for the North Battleford area. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Kayle Neis).

The leading risk factor in new cases is a previous STI. But Khan said he’s worried by a newer trend driving syphilis infections: sex fuelled by crystal meth.

Fresh Express brand sunflower salad kit recalled over E. coli

  Fresh Express brand sunflower salad kit recalled over E. coli The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the recall was triggered by findings during its investigation into a food-borne illness outbreak.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the recall was triggered by findings during its investigation into a food-borne illness outbreak, adding that they may recall other products.

Health officials have taken it upon themselves to go out into the community to locate possible patients and warn them about the dangers associated with the And the spread is migrating out of the city.” According to health officials, the most common risk factors associated with this outbreak include drug

The symptoms of syphilis may be visible or invisible, but they’re serious if left untreated. Learn how to recognize some of the symptoms and how they can progress if untreated. Doctors call this congenital syphilis . If not treated there is a high risk of stillbirth and infant death.

“We also saw crystal meth play a role,” Khan said. “When you use meth, you usually aren’t too worried about using a condom.”

Saskatchewan’s outbreak follows similar trends across Canada and in the United States. The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates syphilis rates in Alberta, for example, increased more than 800 per cent this year.

It’s also not the only STI on the rise; rates of gonorrhea in Saskatchewan have increased more than 80 per cent since 2016. In the 2017-18 federal budget, $4.3 million was allotted to fight the spread of STIs in Saskatchewan.

Heather Hale, executive director of Saskatoon Sexual Health, said the silver lining of the rising figures is that more people are getting tested and catching the illness early. Her centre has seen a 72 per cent increase in the number of tests conducted compared to the same time period last year.

“If you’re doing more testing, that usually means you’re going to have more incidents,” Hale said.

For people at risk, the best step is to seek medical advice — either from a local physician or any sexual health clinic.

Justin Timberlake Wears Wedding Ring in 1st Sighting Since Apology

  Justin Timberlake Wears Wedding Ring in 1st Sighting Since Apology Weathering the storm. Justin Timberlake appeared somber as he stepped out for the first time since apologizing to wife Jessica Biel for holding hands with his Palmer costar Alisha Wainwright. The singer, 38, was spotted doing CrossFit in New Orleans on Thursday, December 5. He wore a Nike T-shirt, athletic shorts, sneakers and his wedding ring during the outing. Timberlake carried two bottled drinks as he strolled around the Louisiana city, where he is filming the movie with Wainwright, 30. The former ‘NSync member broke his silence about the scandal via Instagram on Wednesday, December 4, noting that it was “important to address the recent rumors that are hurting the people I love.” Timberlake went on to explain the controversial photos and express his regret to Biel, 37, and their 4-year-old son, Silas. “A few weeks ago, I displayed a strong lapse in judgement — but let me be clear — nothing happened between me and my costar,” he wrote. “I drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son. I apologize to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be. This was not that.” The Friends With Benefits star concluded by plugging his upcoming film. “I am incredibly proud to be working on Palmer,” he noted. “Looking forward to continuing to make this movie and excited for people to see it.

Congenital syphilis ( syphilis passed from pregnant women to their babies) continues to be a concern in the United States. Without treatment, the infected person will continue to have syphilis in their body even though there are no signs or symptoms.

Outbreaks of syphilis have made the news in the last couple of years, and we’ve seen a dramatic rise in reported cases. For patients , the troublesome syphilis symptoms are gone and often forgotten. 3. Mugwort. Joint pain is a common symptom of syphilis and finding relief can be tricky.

“Starting that conversation is an incredibly important step,” Hale said.

Nsungu said all members of the public “have a part to play” in limiting the disease’s spread.

“We need to take precautions in the first place so we minimize the risk of getting the disease,” he said. “And if we don’t know our status or we are in doubt, the best thing to do is get tested.”

zvescera@postmedia.com

twitter.com/zakvescera

Related

Hazmat teams sent out to train derailment near Lanigan, Sask. after crude oil catches fire .
A derailed CP train blocked traffic on the Yellowhead highway near Lanigan early Monday morning.At about 1:30 a.m. CST, RCMP said the train had gone off the tracks between Guernsey, Sask. and Plunkett.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 0
This is interesting!