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Newborn syphilis cases in US reach highest level in 20 years

 

September 26, 2018



NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. babies born infected with syphilis has reached the highest level in 20 years.

It is still rare for babies to get syphilis from their infected mothers, but figures released Tuesday show more than 900 cases were reported last year. That's more than double the number in 2013. Most cases were in the Southeast and Southwest.

The last time the number was that high or higher was in the 1990s.

In adults, cases of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases also are rising. Health officials say possible reasons include a wave of illegal drug use. They say wo...



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