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LA County health officials responding to rise in congenital syphilis
Southern California Public Radio

One day after state officials singled out Los Angeles County as one of the areas in the state experiencing a rise in the number of pregnant women passing on syphilis to their babies in utero, county officials say they are stepping up their educational outreach to health care workers and patients.

Last year, 31 babies were born in L.A. County with “probable congenital syphyilis” – meaning their mothers had syphilis that either was not properly treated during pregnancy or was treated too late to fully protect the fetus. That’s a sharp increase from the eight in 2013, and the most since there were 32 in 2005, according to county data.