A wave of sexually transmitted disease is harming young babies in Alabama.
Congenital Syphilis happen when a mother transmits the disease on to her child.
Up to 40% of the newborn babies die soon after birth or are still born.
Others can suffer from neurological or skeletal issues.
Treatment for syphilis disease in the 30 days before delivery can prevent mothers from passing the infection to their babies.
Years ago, women who did not get prenatal care were not treated for the Syphilis disease.
As access to care enhanced, the number decreased and women started receiving care.
However, most babies with the conginetal syphilis disease had mothers who received treatment.
This is common in United states and the rate is increased to around 477 percent from 2012 to 2019.
Doctors can treat syphilis with antibiotics. Landers requested anyone with symptoms to get tested.