Officials in Wake County say they are concerned about the rise in reported syphilis cases, which may have a possible link to online dating sites or apps.From 2001 to 2014, the number of Wake County residents infected has more than doubled."We are concerned about the alarming rise in syphilis cases," said Dr.Sue Lynn Ledford, public health division director at Wake County.
Symptoms of the disease are painless sores or skin rashes that don't itch.
Anyone who has any kind of sex without protection can get syphilis.
The most recent data shows 233 people across the county were diagnosed with early syphilis last year.
"When patients visit our clinics complaining of symptoms consistent with syphilis, we ask them a series of questions to help inform our diagnosis," said Dr. "Questions asked include a patient's number of sexual partners, as well as information on where they met those partners.
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