The bacteria Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum is the source of the sexually transmitted disease known as syphilis.
Depending on which of its four stages
- Latent, and
A single chancre [Syphilis spreads from person-to-person by direct contact with a syphilitic sore, known as a chancre], which is a hard, painless, non-itchy skin ulceration that is often between 1 cm and 2 cm in diameter, is how the first stage typically manifests, however there may be several sores present as well. A diffuse rash that frequently affects the palms of the hands and soles of the feet develops in secondary syphilis. Additionally, mouth or vaginal sores could exist. There are little or no symptoms of latent syphilis, which can persist for years. There may be gummas (soft, non-cancerous growths), neurological issues, or heart symptoms in tertiary syphilis.
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