Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Syphilis cases increasing in California women and newborns

Part of a nationwide trend, cases of syphilis among women and newborns increased in the last two years in California and Los Angeles County, state officials said Monday. The annual number of reported early cases of the sexually transmitted disease among women rose from 248 to 594 from 2012 to 2014. In the same period, cases of congenital syphilis -- in which a mother infects her child during pregnancy -- surged in the state, with annual cases in newborns rising from 30 to 100. "The increase in congenital syphilis is particularly concerning," California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Karen Smith said in a statement. "It is a needless tragedy that can be...