900% increase in babies born with syphilis in Mississippi could be part of nationwide trend

Mississippi has seen a dramatic increase in the number of babies being born syphilis. Hospitals in the state treated just over 100 cases of congenital syphilis in 2021, compared to just 10 in 2016, according to a recent analysis of hospital billing data shared with NBC News (opens in new tab).

This analysis was shared by Dr. Thomas Dobbs (opens in new tab)the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic at the Mississippi State Department of Health in Jackson and dean of the John D. Bower School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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