Syphilis rates for newborn babies reach 20 year high

Mississippi ranks near the bottom in CDC’s report

Syphilis rates for newborn babies reach 20 year high
CDC report shows increase in syphilis cases for babies. (SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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.

CDC report shows increase in syphilis cases for babies. (SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
CDC report shows increase in syphilis cases for babies. (SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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.

Louisiana has the highest rate of syphilis cases at 93.4%. (SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Louisiana has the highest rate of syphilis cases at 93.4%. (SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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.

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