Health officials report gonorrhea epidemic in Butte County

Jan 29, 2015 1:34 PM by News Staff

Gonorrhea cases in Butte County have doubled since 2013, county health officials say.

According to health officials nearly 300 cases of gonorrhea were reported in 2014 and the number of cases has doubled in the last year. Cases have been reported in people 13 to 62 years of age, with over 40 percent of cases occurring in people 25 and younger. Men and women are affected in nearly equal proportions, with just over half of the cases reported in men.

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection spread through sexual contact with an infected person. Gonorrhea often presents itself with no signs or symptoms and, if left untreated, can cause serious health problems, including sterility.

Symptoms of gonorrhea may include a burning sensation when urinating or abnormal genital pain, however gonorrhea can be successfully cured with antibiotics.

Butte County Health Officer Dr. Mark Lundberg urges people who are sexually active to get tested. Low cost STD testing is available at Butte County Public Health Department Clinics in both Chico and Oroville. To make an appointment in the Chico office call 891-2731 or 538-7341 for the Oroville clinic.


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