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Evaluation of congenital syphilis surveillance system--New Jersey, 1993.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7885315     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To monitor disease burden and trends associated with congenital syphilis (CS), effective prevention programs require a surveillance system that identifies CS cases in an accurate and timely manner. Before 1988, comprehensive CS surveillance was difficult for health departments to conduct because documentation of infection in infants required complex and costly long-term follow-up for up to 1 year after delivery; follow-up often was incomplete, and many infected infants were not identified. To estimate the public health burden of CS more accurately and eliminate long-term follow-up of infants by health department personnel, in 1988 CDC implemented a new CS case definition (1). Rather than relying on documentation of infection in the infant, the new case definition presumes that an infant is infected if it cannot be proven that an infected mother was adequately treated for syphilis before or during pregnancy (2). During 1993-1994, the Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention and Control Program of the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) evaluated its CS surveillance system to assess the accuracy and completeness of reporting using the new case definition and to determine the personnel costs associated with identifying and classifying CS cases. This report summarizes the results of the evaluation.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0149-2195     ISO Abbreviation:  MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.     Publication Date:  1995 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-04-10     Completed Date:  1995-04-10     Revised Date:  2008-02-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802429     Medline TA:  MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cost of Illness
Infant, Newborn
New Jersey / epidemiology
Population Surveillance
Syphilis, Congenital / diagnosis,  economics,  epidemiology*

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