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17 June 2011

Syphilis tests cut baby deaths

Cheap, simple tests and treatments for syphilis in pregnancy could prevent more than half of newborn deaths and stillbirths related to the disease.

Cheap, simple tests and treatments for syphilis in pregnancy could prevent more than half of newborn deaths and stillbirths related to the disease, which kills 500,000 a year in Africa, a new study has found.

Experts say an estimated one million babies die each year from congenital syphilis.

 
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