2017 STD Surveillance Report
September 25, 2018 – Sharp increases of congenital syphilis threaten the health of newborn babies
According to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, cases of congenital syphilis more than doubled since 2013 (362 in 2013 to 918 in 2017), outpacing overall increases in STDs nationwide. Congenital syphilis can result in miscarriage, newborn death, and severe lifelong health complications.
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CDC’s surveillance data found recent increases in STDs have continued for four consecutive years — and that the nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to CDC for 2017 exceed the previous 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases.