TRI-CITIES, Wash. - More reports of the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia have the Benton Franklin County Health Department concerned.
Health officials are warning women that one of the most common causes of infertility in women is the result of untreated Chlamydia.
Heather Hill with the Health Department said that 80 percent of people do not suffer noticeable symptoms and many women go for a normal check up and learn they have a sexually transmitted disease.
Chlamydia is treatable with antibiotics but can seriously damage to a woman's body if left undetected.
Hill said most of the cases reported to the health department come from women between the ages of 15 and 24.
She said anyone that is sexual active should use condoms and be checked out by their doctor.
For 2007, cases of Chlamydia in Benton County is up 19 percent, compared to last year and up 22 percent in Franklin County.