Health Officials Fear Syphilis Outbreak in New Brunswick Could Worsen

In the past ten years, the number of syphilis cases in New Brunswick has risen tenfold, and the outbreak could get worse, a provincial health official warns.

The province recorded an average of one case per year from 1993 to 2007, but in 2010 that number reached 37. So far this year, 10 cases have been recorded, according to New Brunswick's deputy chief medical officer of health.

New Brunswick is not the first province to have an outbreak of syphilis. Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia have also seen outbreaks prior and the national number of reported cases jumped from 174 to 1757 between 2000 and 2010.