×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Skip to main content
Tags: congenital | syphilis | cdc

CDC: Congenital Syphilis Cases Double in Four Years

CDC: Congenital Syphilis Cases Double in Four Years
(Dreamstime)

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 07:31 AM

The number of newborns born with syphilis has reached a 20-year high, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, tracking a general increase in several sexually transmitted infections.

The CDC said reported cases of congenital syphilis, which is when the disease is passed from mother to baby, jumped 153 percent between 2013 and 2017, from 362 cases to 918.

The research institution blamed at least some of the cases on inadequate screening and health care access, noting that a third of women who gave birth to a baby with syphilis contracted the disease after doctors screened for it.

Such syphilis cases carry higher risks of miscarriage, newborn death and lifelong health issues.

The biggest increases were reported in western and southern states, the CDC said.

Syphilis can be easily treated with antibiotics, even during pregnancy, but if it is untreated, women have an 80 percent chance of transmitting it to their babies.

The CDC has attributed the general rise in sexual transmitted infections to lack of awareness about such diseases, inadequate screening and cuts to public health funding.

© 2021 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


Health-News
The number of newborns born with syphilis has reached a 20-year high, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, tracking a general increase in several sexually transmitted infections.
congenital, syphilis, cdc
181
2018-31-26
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 07:31 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved