Winnipeg health officials are using the web to fight syphilis outbreak

Published: November 6, 2014

Winnipeg Free Press
Aidan Geary
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Winnipeg is facing an unprecedented outbreak of syphilis that has health workers using modern methods to combat it.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority put out a bulletin last month alerting health-care providers to the outbreak of the sexually transmitted infection, which began in 2013. It is Winnipeg’s second syphilis outbreak in a decade, the first occuring from 2003 to 2008.


Inkster goes onto online meeting sites and reaches out to users, offering general education, answering questions and discreetly seeking out those who have had contact with known cases.
The outbreak is mostly among men who have sex with men, or MSM. Plourde said 96 per cent of cases reported have been in MSM.

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