WHO warns of danger when syphilis missed in pregnancy

Drawing on data on syphilis incidence in 97 countries, and on antenatal clinic attendance in 147 countries, WHO modelling suggested 1.4 million pregnant women worldwide had syphilis infection in 2008.

About 80% of them had attended antenatal care services but were not tested and/or
treated, leading to thousands of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, preterm delivery and congenital infections.

Adequate treatment occurred in 30% of cases in Africa compared to 70% for Europe.

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