Friday, August 29 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:50:07 GMT
The ex-wife of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl learning to use an Uzi said Friday that her family plans to write the child a letter to comfort her.More >>
The accidental killing of a firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents.More >>
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is
investigating five cases of syphilis reported over the past five months primarily
on the Big Island of Hawaii. On June 10, DOH sent a medical advisory to
physicians statewide to raise awareness regarding this possible syphilis
outbreak. Although most of the cases were reported in men who have sex with men
in West Hawaii, cases related to this outbreak may develop on the other
"While we know there are several cases from West Hawaii,
there may be people who are infected and unaware of their illness, who have
traveled to other islands," said Luke Hasty, program coordinator for the
STD/AID Prevention Branch of the DOH. "A blood test is the most common way to
determine if someone has syphilis."
Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) passed
from one person to another by a specific bacterium during unprotected sexual contact.
Syphilis can cause long-term
complications and/or death if not adequately treated. Early signs of
syphilis, often a small ulcer or sore on the sex organ, may be overlooked as
the ulcer is often painless and may go away on its own. Signs and symptoms of
syphilis that develop later on often mimic symptoms due to more common
disorders (symptoms such as skin rashes, mouth sores, fever, sore throat,
muscle aches and fatigue) and are often missed or resolve without treatment.
Timely antibiotic treatment provides an effective cure of
syphilis infection. Untreated syphilis infections can last for many years and
result in damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, liver, bones, and joints,
ultimately resulting in death. Infection with syphilis also increases the
likelihood of HIV transmission and acquisition. It is critical that all sexual
partners of an infected person be tested for infection, even if no signs of
infection or illness are recognized.
Members of the public with questions or concerns about
possible syphilis infection should contact their healthcare provider, or call
DOH at 733-9281 on Oahu, 821-2741 on Kauai, 984-2129 on Maui, or 974-4247 on
the Big Island of Hawaii.