Health Department Reports That Benton and Franklin County Chlamydia Rates Are High
PASCO, Wash. - A recent study reported record high Chlamydia rates in the United States.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause serious problems if left untreated.
Health Department Officials said there has been increased Chlamydia rates in Benton and Franklin Counties.
In 2002 there were 238 Chlamydia reports in Benton County and in 2006 there were 375.
In 2002 there were 162 Chlamydia reports in Franklin County and in 2006 there were 284.
Health officers said it is cause for some concern.
Health Department Official Doctor Larry Jecha said Yakima County is number one in the state for Chlamydia rates while Franklin County sits at number two.
Jecha said there are a number of factors but basically people are letting their guard down. He said, "It's important to protect yourself and safe sex should be the message... I would hate to see it keep going up like this. "
Jecha says 80 percent of the cases are people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Health Officials estimate only half the actually cases are reported to them.