Syphilis is an infection caused by bacteria. Congenital syphilis is an infection that a baby is born with. In this case, the infection is passed from a mother to her baby.

This is a potentially serious condition that requires care from your doctor. If untreated, a baby with congenital syphilis can have problems throughout life. It can also cause a stillbirth or death in early infancy.

Spread of Syphilis During Pregnancy
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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. It is caused by the bacteria called Treponema pallidum. This infection can pass to a baby through an infected mother. The baby may be infected during pregnancy or the birth process.