Gonorrhea outbreak spreads in Spokane County

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 9:24 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Spokane health officials issued a warning Tuesday about an unexpected increase in the number of gonorrhea cases in Spokane County.

The Washington State Department of Health called it a gonorrhea outbreak. Data taken at the end of September showed a 58% increase in cases compared to September 2012.

“It means that there’s more infection in our community and we really need to make sure that people are getting tested so these infections can be found early and treated. The sooner that an infection is found, the sooner treatment can begin and the better a health outcome is,” said Anna Halloran, Health Program Specialist.

Gonorrhea cases were up about 33% statewide compared to 2012 according to health workers.

Both Spokane County and Washington State still remain below the national rate.

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