Congenital syphilis can be transmitted from mother to infant during pregnancy and/or delivery and can cause severe complications including premature birth, low birth weight, birth defects, blindness, hearing loss, stillbirth and infant death. California has experienced a steep increase in syphilis infection among pregnant women in recent years and a subsequent rise in the number of cases of congenital syphilis among infants.
The California Department of Public Health's Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch maintains information and resources about congenital syphilis for hospitals and providers on their website. Key resources for health providers are also flagged below. For more information about these resources or to request hard copies, contact Ashley Dockter at the California Department of Public Health at Ashley.Dockter@cdph.ca.gov.