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19 Cape newborns killed by a disease that can be prevented with penicillin

The number of babies born with syphilis inherited from their mother is also increasing

Cape Town bureau chief

Syphilis is still killing newborns, even though treatment to prevent it is free to all pregnant women.

The widespread availability of penicillin from the 1940s dramatically reduced syphilis infections, but the disease killed 19 babies at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town between 2011 and 2013.

The newborns were among 80 infected with the disease by their mothers, according to research published in the September edition of the SA Medical Journal (http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/12692)...

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