Syphilis is on the increase: the implications for child health

Chakraborty, R.; Luck, S.
February 2008
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Feb2008, Vol. 93 Issue 2, p105
Academic Journal
The article discusses the management and treatment of maternal and congenital syphilis of children in Great Britain. When the disease hit the country, the government encountered difficulty in addressing it because it still remains a national health issue despite the introduction of effective treatment and availability of diagnostic testing for the disease. Research shows that late congenital syphilis occurs in children over the age of 2 and often present in puberty. This disease is dangerous because it can affect many organ systems including bones, teeth and nervous system and 25 to 33% of infants with untreated congenital syphilis have a symptomatic neurosyphilis which can lead to eighth nerve deafness.


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