Spike in gonorrhea cases seen in Douglas County

Spike in gonorrhea cases seen in Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Douglas County is seeing a seven-fold spike in gonorrhea cases, and public health officials are on high alert.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, most infections occur among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.

In a normal year, two cases of gonorrhea are reported in Douglas County.

Since January of this year, 14 cases have been identified among the 18 to 33 year age group. "You know, we're halfway through the year, typically you would take that and double it, but I would hope we can educate people on the appropriateness of testing," said Dawnelle Marshall, the public health division director.

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted bacteria infection.

Marshall says it can be prevented through testing, safe sex and open discussion with your partner.