Syphilis continues to affect large numbers of women and their offspring worldwide, despite the feasibility of screening and treating such women, even in low-resource settings, report researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) (Newman L et al. PLoS Med. 2013;10:e1001396).
The researchers developed a mathematical model to estimate global and regional prevalence of syphilis in pregnant women and adverse syphilis-associated pregnancy outcomes for 2008. They applied the model to information in WHO databases, including national syphilis seropositivity data from 97 of 193 countries and information on attendance at antenatal clinics from 147 countries.
Friedrich MJ. Congenital Syphilis Estimates. JAMA. 2013;309(15):1578. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4119