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Detection and follow up of infants at risk of congenital syphilis
  1. U Sothinathan1,
  2. S Hannam1,
  3. A Fowler2,
  4. M Zuckerman2,
  5. I Reeves3,
  6. M Tenant-Flowers3
  1. 1Department of Child Health, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2London South Specialist Virology Centre, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3Department of Sexual Health, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr S Hannam
    Department of Child Health, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS, UK; simon.hannam{at}

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We note with interest the findings reported by Cross et al regarding the risk of an increase in the number of cases of congenital syphilis in the UK.1 Following three babies with congenital syphilis presenting to this hospital in 2003, we carried out an audit to investigate the treponemal antibody prevalence in sera collected at booking from the antenatal clinic, assess the adequacy of antibiotic therapy of pregnant women with suspected syphilis, and check the follow up of their infants.

Maternal booking bloods from March 2000 to February 2002 were reviewed for positive treponemal serology. The screening assay …

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