Health Alert: Congenital Syphilis Cases Continue to Rise

The Ohio Health Alert Network yesterday released an alert announcing the rise of congenital syphilis cases in the state. Cases of CS have increased 146% over the last 5 years, from 13 cases in 2016 to 32 cases in 2020, including two syphilitic stillbirths. The Ohio Department of Health is asking health care providers to implement third trimester screening for syphilis as a new standard of practice. Ohio law mandates syphilis screening at the first prenatal visit, though a single screening may not be sufficient for those at increased risk based on self-reported sexual behavior. Learn more here.