Shasta County -- A sexually transmitted disease outbreak is shocking health officials throughout Shasta County.
The Shasta Health and human services says Syphilis is back and spreading faster than ever before.
"We're now seeing an extremely high number of cases and the numbers are growing," said Venessa Vidovich of Shasta County Human Health.
In 2016, there were 24 reported cases for syphilis within the county and just last year the numbers nearly doubled to 44.
With the most alarming change being its mainly affecting women.
"Its expecially concerning for women of child bearing age because they can pass Syphilis to thier unborn babies," said Vidovich.
The symptoms of Syphilis include sores which can appear around the mouth or genitals, and rashes on the palms of your hands, soles of your feet, or other parts of your body.
But as heath officials say many of those infected ignore the signs.
"They don't recognize the symptoms and it can lie dormant in the body and cause all types if damage," said Vidovich.
Doctors do want to remind people that this disease is treatable.
"Treatment is an antibiotic so there is no reason not to be treated." said Vidovich.
And people who have been sexually active should get tested.
"It's simple get tested get treated," said Vidovich.
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