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Am J Public Health. 1991 Oct;81(10):1316-8.

The association between congenital syphilis and cocaine/crack use in New York City: a case-control study.

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Epidemiology Service, New York City Department of Health, NY 10013.

Abstract

From 1987 to 1989, an epidemic of congenital syphilis was observed in New York City. A case-control study was done to assess the association between various maternal risk factors and congenital syphilis. Independent of the effect of other factors, the odds of being exposed to cocaine were 3.9 times greater among cases than controls (95% confidence interval, 2.8-5.3). This study suggests that the epidemic of congenital syphilis may be related to the increase in cocaine/crack use among delivering mothers.

PMID:
1928532
PMCID:
PMC1405336
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.81.10.1316
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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