Congenital Syphilis Definition Terminology Encyclopedia Online
Effective prevention and detection of congenital syphilis depends on the identification of syphilis in pregnant women and, therefore, on the routine serologic screening of pregnant women during the first prenatal visit.
Congenital syphilis is a severe, disabling, and often life-threatening infection seen in infants. A pregnant mother who has syphilis can spread the disease through the placenta to the unborn infant.
Congenital syphilis is syphilis present in utero and at birth, and occurs when a child is born to a mother with secondary syphilis.