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Can a Newborn get Syphilis?

                          Yes. An infected pregnant woman has about a 40% chance of having a stillbirth (Syphilitic stillbirth) or giving birth to a baby who would die shortly after birth. A baby born to a mother with either untreated Syphilis or Syphilis treated after the 34th week of pregnancy has a 40 - 70% chance of being infected with Syphilis (Congenital Syphilis). An infected baby may be born without symptoms but may develop them within a few weeks of birth, if not treated immediately. These signs and symptoms can be very serious and include skin sores, a very runny nose, which is sometimes bloody, slimy patches in the mouth, inflamed arm and leg bones, a swollen liver, anemia, jaundice or a small head.




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