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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 235059, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/235059
Case Report

Congenital Syphilis Like Many Years Ago

1Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, S. Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinc, University of Bologna, 40138 Bologna, Italy
2Microbiology Section, DESOS, S. Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinc, University of Bologna, 40138 Bologna, Italy
3Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Nephrology, University of Bologna, 40138 Bologna, Italy

Received 30 June 2011; Accepted 25 July 2011

Academic Editors: P. Agnamey, G. J. Casey, M. Ghate, and G. Mansergh

Copyright © 2011 Giulia Brighi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This case concerns a premature infant with typical signs of congenital syphilis born to an untreated foreign mother. Syphilis prevalence in pregnant women has been rising in Italy since the beginning of the 21st century, mainly due to immigration. A correct antenatal syphilis screening and consequent adequate therapy of pregnant woman are fundamental to prevent the neonatal infection.