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Can syphilis affect a baby before birth?

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Pregnant women in the first or second stage of this sexually transmitted disease (STD) pass it to their babies 75% of the time if it’s not treated. Syphilis is caused by bacteria and can create serious and even life-threatening problems during a baby’s development.

Babies born with syphilis can have misshaped bones, anemia, meningitis, skin rashes, and nerve problems that can cause blindness and deafness. If you’re pregnant, you should be tested for syphilis. If you have syphilis, your doctor can treat it with antibiotics.

From: What Is TORCH Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Boston Children’s Hospital: “TORCH in Children,” “Cytomegalovirus,” “Toxoplasmosis,” “Cold Sores,” “Congenital Rubella,” “Congenital Varicella,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Children.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: TORCH Syndrome.

AIDS.gov: “Pregnancy & Childbirth.”

CDC: “Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease,” “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Congenital CMV Infection.”

National CMV Foundation: “CMV Prevention and Healthy Pregnancy Tips.”

World Health Organization: “Herpes simplex virus”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes & Pregnancy.”

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

SOURCES: Boston Children’s Hospital: “TORCH in Children,” “Cytomegalovirus,” “Toxoplasmosis,” “Cold Sores,” “Congenital Rubella,” “Congenital Varicella,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in Children.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: TORCH Syndrome.

AIDS.gov: “Pregnancy & Childbirth.”

CDC: “Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease,” “Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Congenital CMV Infection.”

National CMV Foundation: “CMV Prevention and Healthy Pregnancy Tips.”

World Health Organization: “Herpes simplex virus”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes & Pregnancy.”

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

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