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Health District Declares Gonorrhea Outbreak in Benton County

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KENNEWICK, WA - An STD is on the rise in Benton County. Teens and young adults are considered the at-risk population for gonorrhea. At the end of September this year, records show an 84% increase in gonorrhea cases compared to the same time in 2012. Washington as a whole has seen a 33% increase. 

Dr. Amy Person at the Benton-Franklin Health District urges everyone who's active to get tested.


"It's important for the medical community and the community at large to be aware that this is an issue. this is a problem in the area. we need to make sure that people are being screened and tested appropriately and that they're being treated in a timely fashion," said Dr. Person.

Gonorrhea is very contagious and can cause permanent health issues if it's not treated early.



KENNEWICK, WA - The Benton Franklin Health District says they have seen enough of an increase in gonorrhea cases to declare an outbreak in Benton County.

New data shows an 84% increase in gonorrhea cases since last year at this time. District officials also say cases are up 33% across Washington State in the last year.

People infected with gonorrhea may not have any symptoms so screening is important. If untreated, gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both men and women.

Officials say the current outbreak is not because people are not getting treated, but they continue testing to identify cases that may be resistant to antibiotics in the future.