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U.S. sees alarming jump in rate of newborns with syphilis
Washington Post

The rate of newborns with syphilis jumped 38 percent between 2012 and 2014 to its highest level in more than a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, though the overall numbers remained small.

The disease, which is transmitted from infected mothers to their fetuses, was found in 11.6 of every 100,000 births in 2014, up sharply from 8.4 in 2012 and the highest rate since 2001, researchers reported in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.