Cooked Crack Posted February 14 Share Posted February 14 Quote Mississippi has registered an alarming rise in the number of infants being treated for congenital syphilis. According to hospital billing data shared with NBC, the number of babies who have been treated for the sexually transmitted disease has increased by more than 900% over five years. Ten newborns that were born in the poorest American state in 2016 received treatment for the disease. In 2021, 102 newborns were treated for the disease, including at least one who died, according to the Mississippi state health department, NBC reported. Quote Congenital syphilis can cause a variety of issues in infants, including disfigured bones, severe anemia, enlarged liver and spleen, jaundice, brain and nerve problems such as blindness and deafness, meningitis and skin rashes. Depending on how long a mother has had syphilis and when – or if – they received treatment, the disease can also result in miscarriages, stillbirths, prematurity and low birth weight. “This seems like something that should have happened a hundred years ago, not last year,” the medical director of the state health department-run Crossroads Clinic, Thomas Dobbs, told NBC. Quote Medical professionals attribute the rising cases of congenital syphilis to inadequate prenatal healthcare – which includes syphilis testing – as well as an understaffed workforce that has been strained by the Covid pandemic. “The numbers have been skyrocketing and I think, like so many people, the public health system has been stretched,” the medical director for infectious diseases at Memphis’s Baptist Memorial Healthcare, Steve Threlkeld, told WREG News Channel 3. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/feb/12/mississippi-alarming-rise-newborns-syphilis Damn sad. Syphilis has been making a comeback. From our newborns to former presidents. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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