Congenital syphilis is an infection transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy and/or delivery caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. Congenital syphilis can cause severe illness in babies including premature birth, low birth rate, birth defects, blindness, and hearing loss. It can also lead to stillbirth and infant death. Tests and treatment for pregnant women are readily available.
Informational update on the recent increase in congenital syphilis in Illinois
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS
INFORMATION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
- Congenital Syphilis Update from Chicago Medical Society
- CDC STD Screening and Treatment Guidelines in Pregnancy
- 2015 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines
- Illinois Congenital Syphilis Reporting Requirements
- CDPH Congenital Syphilis Case Investigation Worksheet – PDF
- The Five P’s – PDF
CONGENITAL SYPHILIS PREVENTION AND CONTROL
- World Health Organization (WHO) – Eliminating Congenital Syphilis
- National Recommendations for Partner Services Programs for HIV Infection, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydial Infection
- CDC STD Program Operations Guidelines – Partner Services – PDF
DATA AND SURVEILLANCE
- 2014 CDPH HIV/STI Surveillance Report – PDF
- 2015 CDPH HIV/STI Surveillance Report – PDF
- 2014 CDC STD Surveillance Report – PDF
- 2014 CDC STD Surveillance Report Summary – PDF
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) – Increase in Incidence in Congenital Syphilis – United States, 2010 – 2014
- Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) – Division of STI/HIV/AIDS
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) – STD Section
- National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers
- Chicago Health Alert Network (HAN)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – STDs
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – HIV
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