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MMWR on Congenital Syphilis in NYC Study

Monday, October 15, 2018


Chart on Congenital Syphilis Cases in the U.S.

The U.S. has seen a significant increase in syphilis cases in recent years, reversing a long downward trend. Likewise, congenital syphilis cases have jumped, from 9.2 to 23.3 cases per 100,000 live births.

CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Factors Contributing to Congenital Syphilis Cases — New York City, 2010–2016, looked at congenital transmission cases in New York City and found that failure to receive timely prenatal care was the primary cause. The MMWR observes that early screening and treatment is critical in preventing congenital syphilis.

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