Gonorrhea Cases Up in Douglas County

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Douglas County Public Health says it has seen a recent increase in the number of gonorrhea cases.

County health officials say they see about two cases each year, but since Jan. 1 of this year, 14 cases have been reported in the county.

They say the sexually-transmitted disease is common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more infections occur among 15 to 24-year-olds.

“People get gonorrhea by having sex with someone who has the disease,” said Dawnelle Marshall, RN, BSN, Public Health Division Director. If left untreated, Marshall says gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems.

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