A new report has revealed that there is currently an outbreak of the ocular syphilis, which could potentially make you go blind. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been 12 cases of the STI complication reported between December 2014 and March 2015, while further research indicated more than 200 cases reported over the past two years from 20 US states.

This, the CDC says, is suggestive of an outbreak.

The majority of cases identified have been among HIV-infected men who have sex with men, while a small number occurred among HIV-uninfected persons including heterosexual men and women.

With some cases even resulting in blindness, the extreme jump in cases has led the CDC to issue an advisory to all doctors to be on the lookout for the illness.

An inflammatory eye disease caused by a syphilis infection, symptoms can include redness, blurry vision, and vision loss but because many of the signs can look like a variety of other illnesses such as sore throat, headache, and skin rash, it can often go unnoticed.

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Source: Independent