Published: May 30, 2013 1:43 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - State health officials are warning of a recent increase in babies born with syphilis in South Florida.
    
In Broward and Miami-Dade counties there were 21 cases in 2012. That's up from 17 cases in 2011.
    
The Florida Department of Health said Thursday it will more than double the number of disease intervention specialists working with patients with congenital syphilis or patients exposed to sexually transmitted diseases to make sure they are getting testing and treated.
    
Health officials are also visiting prenatal care providers and labor and delivery sites to review testing protocol and improve services that prevent pregnant women from transmitting the disease to the baby.
    
The state is urging all pregnant women to get tested.
    
In 1990, health officials helped drastically reduce cases in Broward after a public campaign.

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