Syphilis on the rise in California women and babies

July 14, 2015

std-logoSyphilis cases in California women more than doubled, and reports of the disease in newborns have more than tripled in the state over the last two years. [LA Times]

The number of early reported cases of California women contracting the sexually transmitted disease rose from 248 in 2012 to 594 in 2014. Cases of congenital syphilis, in which a mother infects her child during pregnancy, increased from 30 in 2012 to 100 in 2014.

Most of the congenital cases occurred in Los Angeles County and the Central Valley. The majority of the women did not have adequate access to health care, said Dr. Susie Baldwin, head of LA County’s health assessment unit.

Ten of the congenital syphilis cases that were reported in LA County last year involved foreign national women who arrived in the United States late in their pregnancies, Baldwin said.

Between 2012 and 2014, stillbirths caused by syphilis also increased from one case to six. A stillbirth is the death of a baby prior to birth but after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

California’s syphilis rate in 2013 was the second highest in the United States. Syphilis has been on the rise nationwide.

In 2012 and 2013, 75 percent of the primary and secondary cases of syphilis in the United States were reported among gay men.

Earlier this year, warnings about ocular syphilis went out up and down the West Coast, including in San Luis Obispo County. No ocular syphilis cases have been reported in SLO County, but two people in Washington and one person in San Francisco suffered blindness due to the sexually transmitted disease.


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23 Comments

  1. CentralcoastRN says:

    Ok, with all the free programs available to moms and babies, this shouldn’t happen. Medi-cal, family pact, planned parenthood, “The Center”, some health departments…. there is a place for every woman to be examined.

    The problem is often that one partner or spouse gets treated by the other one does not. The untreated partner re-infects the other.

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  2. Citizen says:

    The California Health Department actually has a policy whereby they do not report information to the public that “might endanger an already fragile group of people.” They will not indicate the source of a disease if it is affecting or coming from our illegal immigrants. However, they did announce that the ocular syphilis was affecting mainly gay males, so apparently white men are fair game. Any surprise here in the war against white U.S.citizens?

    (9) 11 Total Votes - 10 up - 1 down
  3. indigo1955 says:

    “Earlier this year, warnings about ocular syphilis went out up and down the West Coast, including in San Luis Obispo County. No ocular syphilis cases have been reported in SLO County, but two people in Washington and one person in San Francisco suffered blindness due to the sexually transmitted disease”.

    Warnings went out here….but no cases were reported in SLO County?

    Why don’t you tell the truth? Which is—that STD’s are very, very low here (especially AIDS). And tell the rest of the truth: SLO County has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the country?

    THERE IS YOUR STORY. It doesn’t exist in things that do not affect us….but things that do.

    (-1) 5 Total Votes - 2 up - 3 down
  4. Rambunctious says:

    If immigrants had to have health examinations and show their paperwork that gives them permission to cross through Trumps gate this would not be an issue. Securing the southern border will benefit everyone, residents, citizens, and legal; law abiding immigrants.

    (21) 27 Total Votes - 24 up - 3 down
    • laftch says:

      Border! What border?

      (22) 26 Total Votes - 24 up - 2 down
    • Ted Slanders says:

      Republicans control the House and Senate, when are they actually going to address the border issues that they keep harping about, instead of wasting more time by voting to abolish Obamacare for the millionth time?

      (-12) 24 Total Votes - 6 up - 18 down
      • kayaknut says:

        You apparently do not the process in government, anything the House and Senate pass would have to be signed by the Democratic President to become law. They likely know that would never happen so are waiting for the next election when their chance for a bill to be signed would be better. Maybe quoting the bible quotes is your strong suit.

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      • Citizen says:

        The state of California with its Trust Act and sanctuary cities is not following federal law on immigration. The California legislature, now controlled by Democrats and the Latino Caucus, has no intention of doing anything but encouraging more illegal immigration with taxpayer benefits into the state. In fact, the change to brown lawns while ignoring new reservoirs, dams, and water retention, is a way of expanding the current residential water supplies to millions of expected new refugees and illegals.

        (14) 16 Total Votes - 15 up - 1 down
      • achillesheal says:

        new laws are unnecessary. enforcement of existing law is all that is required.

        (10) 16 Total Votes - 13 up - 3 down
  5. r0y says:

    The majority of the women did not have adequate access to health care, said Dr. Susie Baldwin, head of LA County’s health assessment unit.

    Have we become so dumbed-down that we are going to believe that a persons “access” to healthcare will prevent them from contracting a sexually-transmitted disease? You know what DOES prevent contraction from sexually-transmitted diseases and is ABSOLUTELY FREE for EVERYONE? Abstinence. Monogamy. OK, the second one is not necessarily a guarantee, especially in communities where sleeping around is an accepted norm.

    (20) 36 Total Votes - 28 up - 8 down
    • laftch says:

      Speaking truth. That’s bigotry and racism.

      (12) 18 Total Votes - 15 up - 3 down
    • Ted Slanders says:

      r0y,

      What particular land of “Nirvana” do you live in at this time? Can you share this with Cal Coast News?

      Thanks.

      (-10) 12 Total Votes - 1 up - 11 down
  6. Ben Daho says:

    Thanks Gay Marriage. Doh!

    (1) 19 Total Votes - 10 up - 9 down
  7. Pelican1 says:

    Is this part of the collateral damage caused by illegal immigration?

    (23) 39 Total Votes - 31 up - 8 down
    • MaryMalone says:

      No.

      (-23) 31 Total Votes - 4 up - 27 down
      • Pelican1 says:

        Correction…this IS part of the collateral damage caused by illegal immigration.

        (18) 24 Total Votes - 21 up - 3 down
    • zaphod says:

      No, but that one note gop dog whistle is getting old.

      (-17) 29 Total Votes - 6 up - 23 down
      • ml1999 says:

        Not really. Last night I read that 90% of the heroine that comes into the United States is funneled here by the Mexican cartels. Or that Texas has deported 2,000 illegal immigrant child sex offenders per year for the past 3 years.

        The media has hidden these facts from us, or are blissfully ignorant b/c they drank the Koolaid.

        (21) 31 Total Votes - 26 up - 5 down
    • r0y says:

      Even if it is, and both the conservatives and liberals KNOW it, it is still not to be said out loud.

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  8. achillesheal says:

    Open borders. No problem whatsoever.

    I can’t bring a piece of fruit from Nevada to California, but people are allowed in from foreign countries ridden with diseases.

    (27) 41 Total Votes - 34 up - 7 down
    • SloTownMan says:

      Start by deporting those who disagree with Archillesheal

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      • achillesheal says:

        People with infectious diseases are streaming across the border. Where do I say deport anyone. Don’t let them in and they won’t need to be deported.

        (12) 14 Total Votes - 13 up - 1 down

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