Congenital Syphilis Resurgent

  • Simon Dobson
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 549)


It is almost a century since the Wassermann test was introduced to diagnose syphilis and over 50 years since penicillin was used to effectively treat syphilis, yet congenital syphilis continues to occur. Why has syphilis been so difficult to control in society in general, and in pregnancy in particular? Lack of access to antenatal care, testing, and treatment account for the continuing high rates of congenital syphilis in many parts of the less developed world. In more affluent countries the cases still occurring provide information on syphilis transmission in at-risk groups leading to focal outbreaks amongst sexual networks.


Antenatal Care Sexual Network Mass Treatment Congenital Syphilis Secondary Syphilis 
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