The number of cases of syphilis is sharply increasing for one demographic group, and not the one you think.

FOX's Eben Brown reports:

The number of syphilis cases more than doubled over four years and is now at a 20-year high among newborn babies.

The figures released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight the cases of newborn syphilis between 2013 and 2017 and were concentrated in the southern and western U.S.

Syphilis when passed from mother to baby and left untreated can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or a child with severe physical and mental health issues.

The CDC says it underscores the need for screening and treatment.

Eben Brown, FOX News.

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