Canada: A once-dormant sexually transmitted infection, syphilis, has become a major public health concern in North America, with cases surging during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a WHO report, syphilis cases in the Americas increased by 30% from 2020 to 2022 among people aged 15 to 49, accounting for 42% of new global cases. Factors such as low testing rates, healthcare barriers, and increased substance use have contributed to the rise. Saskatchewan reports the highest syphilis rate in Canada. Experts stress the importance of prenatal care and routine testing to combat the spread, particularly to prevent congenital syphilis, which has seen a dramatic rise.

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