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Incidence of Congenital Syphilis

A look at rates and trends in US

Following a decrease in the rate of congenital syphilis (CS) in the US from 2008 to 2012, the rate increased from 2012 to 2014, reflecting an increase in the national rate of primary and secondary syphilis among women, according to an analysis of national surveillance data reported during 2008 to 2014. The study found:

• The national rate of CS decreased in the US from 2008 to 2012 (10.5 cases to 8.4 cases per 100,000 live births).

• The national rate of CS increased 38% from 2012 to 2014 (11.6 cases per 100,000 live births in 2014).

• The increase in the CS rate coincided with a 22% national increase in the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among women during the same period.

• The 2014 CS rate is higher than seen in over a decade.

Citation: Bowen V, Su J, Torrone E, Kidd S, Weinstock H. Increase in incidence of congenital syphilis – United States, 2012-2014. MMWR. 2015;64(44):1241-1245.