Congenital syphilis - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2015

Surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report
Time period covered: This report is based on data for 2015 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 8 November 2016

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Congenital syphilis. In: ECDC. Annual epidemiological report for 2015. Stockholm: ECDC; 2017

In 2015, 42 congenital syphilis cases were reported in 25 EU/EEA Member States, at a crude rate of1.1 cases per 100 000 live births. The trend for reported congenital syphilis cases has remained stable in recent years, but some countries reported small increases compared with 2014. It is suspected that there is significant underreporting: six countries did not contribute to the reporting of congenital syphilis, and a further 15 reported zero cases in 2015. The low rates of congenital syphilis and decreasing rates of reported syphilis among women suggest that most Member States have programmes that aim at the elimination of congenital syphilis. Better indicator data are needed, however, to assess the effectiveness of antenatal screening programmes in all EU/EEA countries.