JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Alarming information about newborn babies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 2013, cases of syphilis passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy or delivery have doubled.
Doctors say this data shows the importance of pregnant women receiving early prenatal care that includes syphilis testing.
Cases were reported in 37 states including Mississippi, but this state ranks near the bottom at 2.6 percent. Louisiana had the highest rate in the nation at 93.4.
Forty percent of babies infected with syphilis are stillborn, or die soon after they are born, according to the report.
Syphilis can also lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems.