Doctors See A Surge In Babies With Syphilis-Associated Birth Defects

Doctors See A Surge In Babies With Syphilis-Associated Birth Defects

Last year, over 600 pregnancies in the United States were affected by syphilis. Of those, 45 babies were either stillborn or dead within the first month of life, while many others may have been born with serious defects, some of them irreversible. While these cases represent a tiny fraction of the approximately 3.9 million births that occurred in the U.S. in 2016, public health experts say that they’re a sign that something is deeply flawed about prenatal health care in the country, and that not a single one of these pregnancies needed to be marred by syphilis, a treatable and...

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