Syphilis remains a serious public health problem in Brazil Study on the theme was published in FCMSCSP magazine

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A study published this year points out that between 2007 and 2016 there was an increase in the number of cases of gestational and congenital syphilis in all regions of Brazil. highlighting the need for effective actions for correct treatment and prevention.

The objective of the article was to describe the occurrence of reported cases of congenital and maternal syphilis in the Brazilian regions, considering the epidemiological profile of the mothers. We conducted a cross-sectional study of reported cases of gestational and congenital syphilis in Brazil, from 2007 to 2016. Data were collected from the SINAN (Notification of Information Disorders).

There was an increase in cases of gestational and congenital syphilis during the analyzed period. The profile of pregnant women with syphilis was similar in all regions of the country, aged 20 to 29 years and incomplete elementary school. The diagnosis of gestational syphilis was predominantly made during prenatal care and congenital syphilis during the neonatal period. Prenatal care was performed in 80% of cases.

The article, entitled “Epidemiological Profile of Gestational and Congenital Syphilis in Brazil – 2007 to 2016”, is written by Beatriz Raia Bottura, Laís Matuda, Priscila Simão Serrano Rodrigues, Cassia Maria Carvalho Abrantes do Amaral and Lene Garcia Barbosa.

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