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The World in Medicine
August 17, 2011

Syphilis Screening

JAMA. 2011;306(7):694. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1157

Interventions to increase the rates of screening and treatment for syphilis in pregnant women could halve the incidence of stillbirth and perinatal death attributable to syphilis, report investigators in the United Kingdom and Switzerland (Hawkes S et al. Lancet Infect Dis. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(11)70104-9 [published online ahead of print June 15, 2011]).

Active syphilis infection in pregnancy results in adverse pregnancy outcomes in as many as 69% of infected women and remains a major cause of infant death in many low- and middle-income countries.

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