Number Of Babies Born With Syphilis Rises In One Texas City

SAN ANTONIO (September 17, 2012)--After seeing a rising number of San Antonio babies born with syphilis, health officials have started assigning case workers to follow infected women throughout their pregnancies to make sure they get proper treatment.

Dr. Thomas Schlenker, director of the Metropolitan Health District, said nine syphilis-infected babies were born in San Antonio in the first half of the year compared to eight for all of last year.

Two of the babies died.

No new cases have been reported since the beginning of July, just after the new case management program started.

The sexually transmitted disease often results in stillbirth.

Babies who survive can suffer blindness, hearing problems, deformities and nervous system disorders.

It is easily prevented though if the mother is diagnosed and treated with penicillin.

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