Arizona Sees Rise In Syphilis For Women and Babies

Arizona Sees Rise In Syphilis For Women and Babies

Ari­zona has seen an increase in syphilis cas­es – most­ly in women and chil­dren – since 2015.

Accord­ing to the Ari­zona Depart­ment of Health Ser­vices, there was a 253 per­cent rise in the aver­age num­ber of month­ly cas­es since that time. 

In 2018, there have been 555 female cas­es of syphilis with 564 part­ners being treat­ed. This is a real prob­lem for women who are preg­nant, as the virus pass­es onto the unborn baby.

The depart­ment sug­gest­ed all preg­nant women talk to their health­care doc­tor about get­ting test­ed, as time­ly test­ing and treat­ment can mit­i­gate any poten­tial health prob­lems for both the moth­er and child.

In 2016, 16 babies were born with syphilis – two of them were still­born. This num­ber dou­bled in 2017, with 30 babies with syphilis. For 2018, that num­ber has increased to 36 babies; six of those babies died.

Syphilis is cur­able with a course of antibi­otics. How­ev­er, if not treat­ed, it can cause life­long com­pli­ca­tions such as brain, eyes, bones, liv­er, joints and nerve dam­age. With preg­nant women, there is a pos­si­bil­i­ty of a mis­car­riage, infant death or stillborn.


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