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Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3181901c79

Nonvenereal Transmission of Syphilis in Infancy by Mouth-to-Mouth Transfer of Prechewed Food

Zhou, Pingyu MD, PhD; Qian, Yihong MD; Lu, Haikong MD; Guan, Zhifang MD

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Early recognition of acquired syphilis in childhood is vital. Children may acquire syphilis as a consequence of kissing, breast-feeding, or handling. We report 2 cases of infantile syphilis transmitted by mouth-to-mouth feeding from actively infected relatives. Syphilis should be suspected in children presenting with atypical rashes accompanied by headache, sore throat, and adenitis, especially if family members are affected by active syphilis.

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