(Richmond, IN)--In the last two years, Wayne County has dealt with high levels of hepatitis. Now, there’s something new. This is from the meeting of the Wayne County Board of Health Thursday: "We have a public health mini-emergency with syphilis. Syphilis is a bacterial infection spread by sexual contact. The State Department of Health contacted local officials about a big spike in numbers. Normally, there is just a case or two each year. Now, the number is at least five times higher. "This year, we have documented 11 cases," said Dr. David Keller. At-risk residents are being urged to get tested. "I'm sure we have more than 11 cases (of syphilis) in Wayne County," Keller added. State officials are now investigating and are offering to help test residents.