Health Indicator Report of Syphilis Incidence - Congenital
Syphilis may be passed to a baby by an infected mother during pregnancy and can lead to serious health problems. Syphilis has been linked to premature births, stillbirths and, in some cases, neonatal death. Untreated infants that survive tend to develop problems in multiple organs, including the brain, eyes, ears, heart, skin, teeth, and bones.
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) objective STD-5. Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race.
Data SourceDivision of HIV/AIDS, STD and TB Services, New Jersey Department of Health
DefinitionRate of new cases of congenital syphilis per 100,000 live births
NumeratorNumber of congenital syphilis cases
DenominatorNumber of live births
Healthy People Objective: Reduce congenital syphilisU.S. Target: 9.6 new cases per 100,000 live births
State Target: 4.0 new cases per 100,000 live births
Other ObjectivesObjective STD-5: Reduce the congenital syphilis incidence rate per 100,000 live births to 4 among all births, 0 among Whites and Asians, 11 among Blacks, and 3.2 among Hispanics.
How Are We Doing?The incidence of congenital syphilis decreased dramatically in New Jersey from 77.2 per 1,000 live births in 1998 to 2.8 in 2010. From 2013 through 2015, there were no cases of congenital syphilis in New Jersey.
What Is Being Done?The New Jersey Department of Health's Sexually Transmitted Disease Program vigorously investigates all females who have a positive serology for syphilis from OB clinics and prenatal programs to insure appropriate treatment is given prior to child birth.
Evidence-based PracticesScreening for syphilis should be performed in all pregnant women during their first prenatal medical visit and repeated in the third trimester, if the patient is considered to be at high risk. 
Available ServicesSTD Testing Services: [http://nj.gov/health/hivstdtb/stds/locations.shtml]
Health Program InformationNJDOH Sexually Transmitted Disease Program: [http://nj.gov/health/std/index.shtml]
Page Content Updated On 07/13/2017, Published on 07/13/2017