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FLORIDA: Congenital Syphilis On Rise in South Florida


Miami Herald (05.30.2013)

On May 30, the Florida Department of Health announced the launch of a congenital syphilis public awareness campaign. The campaign included visits to prenatal centers and labor and delivery sites in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to review screening protocols with medical staff after statistics demonstrated a rise in cases from 17 in 2011 to 21 in 2012. According to health department officials, Broward County faces the greater challenge, with 15 congenital syphilis cases reported in 2012. Officials plan to increase the number of specialists available to communicate with individuals diagnosed or exposed to STDs to ensure appropriate treatment.


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