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‘It’s a scandal’: Spiking congenital #syphilis rates put babies in grave danger washingtonpost.com/health/2019/08… #publichealth
“Every case of #congenitalsyphilis that we see is an absolute, shameful failure of public health because it is completely preventable,” said Khalil Ghanem, deputy director of education at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
“We in the United States, a very wealthy country, should not have the rates of congenital syphilis that we have. It’s a scandal.”
“The trouble is, we’re just not preventing it,” said Virginia Bowen, an epidemiologist in the CDC’s @CDCSTD.
Bowen said an increasing number of pregnant women are either not being tested and treated early enough in their pregnancies, or they are acquiring the #STD after they have already been screened for it.
“There’s a systems failure somewhere,” Bowen said. “It’s either at the health-care level or #publichealth level, but somehow we are failing these women.”
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