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Health Officials Seeing Spike in Gonorrhea Cases in Umatilla Co.

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UMATILLA CO, Ore. - The number of gonorrhea cases in Umatilla County is on the rise.

Umatilla County Public Health says they've seen 15 cases reported in the past eight weeks. Only four cases were reported in the entire year of 2012.

"Gonorrhea is a common, sexually transmitted infection that has been seen more frequently in the northwest over the past 3 months," said Sarah Williams, Public Health Director.

Health officials warn you should get tested for gonorrhea even if you don't have any symptoms. Routine screenings are recommended for all sexually active people.

Umatilla County Public Health can screen, test, and treat you for a minimal fee at either the Pendleton or Hermiston location. Call 541-278-5432 for more information or click here.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that annually 820,000 people in the United States are infected with gonorrhea.

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