- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Sangamon County health officials are reporting an increase in syphilis cases.

Jim Stone is director of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health. He tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register (https://bit.ly/1OeGCGy ) that the county already has a higher rate of gonorrhea and chlamydia than the state average.

There were 12 reported cases of syphilis in 2013, followed by 29 in 2014 and a provisional number of 24 in 2015.

News of the uptick in the sexually transmitted infection was included in a regular health-issue reminder by the University of Illinois Springfield health service last week.

Stone says 40 percent of the county’s sexually transmitted infections are reported among teenagers 15 to 19.

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