Cases of syphilis among newborns have grown tenfold in the United States over the past 10 years, health officials warned Tuesday, part of a broader rise in sexually transmitted diseases in America.
Over 3,700 infants were born with congenital syphilis in 2022, more than 10 times the number in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
However, in nine out of 10 cases the disease could have been prevented with timely testing and treatment during pregnancy, CDC said.
"The congenital syphilis crisis in the United States has skyrocketed at a heartbreaking rate," said CDC's Chief Medical Officer Debra Houry.
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