New Hampshire public health officials have issued an alert to medical care providers and residents after fresh data revealed that reported cases of gonorrhea jumped a whopping 250 per cent in the state in 2016 from the previous baseline average.
The N.H. Division of Public Health Services reported that a total of 465 gonorrhea cases were reported in the state during 2016. The figure represents a major jump in the number of gonorrhea cases from the previous baseline average of 130 cases annually between 2007 and 2013.
Dr. Benjamin Chan, an epidemiologist with the state public health department, said, “New Hampshire historically has had one of the lowest rates of gonorrhea infections in the country; however, over the last year we have seen a significant increase in the number of reported cases.”
The state epidemiologist added that the department was actively working to identify individuals exposed to the sexual disease so that they could be connected with medical care for evaluation and treatment of the infection.
The period of rise in cases of gonorrhea started in 2014, and continued to grow in the next two years. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, the state recorded 235, 248 and 265 cases, respectively.
Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that spread through unprotected sex. It is can be cured with antibiotic medications, but individuals can get be re-infected. Untreated infection can cause permanent health issues in both men and women.