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Syphilis Spikes In Pregnant Women

Last updated on Friday, September 14, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The number of pregnant women with syphilis has spiked to an all-time high in Indianapolis.

An alert will be issued today to all doctors in Marion County, reminding them to test pregnant women for the serious sexually transmitted disease.

A pregnant woman with syphilis can pass the disease to her unborn baby, causing low birth weight, premature delivery or even stillbirth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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