The Pima County Health Department is warning the community about a syphilis outbreak impacting women and babies in Arizona.
Experts said the number of congenital syphilis cases is on the rise.
Data shows the number of cases nearly doubled in Arizona between 2016 and 2017. Officials said the state is on track to double that statistic again this year.
Health agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Pima County Health Department issued a few recommendations.
- Pregnant women should be tested for syphilis during their first prenatal visit or doctor’s appointment
- Pregnant women should be screened again early on in their third trimester and after the baby is delivered
- Women who test positive for syphilis need immediate antibiotic treatment
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