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CALIFORNIA: Tehama County Warns of STD Outbreak




 

Red Bluff Daily News (01.07.2014) Aids Weekly Plus

The Red Bluff Daily News recently reported on a major increase in gonorrhea cases reported by California’s Tehama County Public Health. The county recorded more than 60 cases in 2013; previous annual reports averaged approximately 10 cases. Diagnosed cases were among adults older than 17. The STD can appear in the mouth, throat, eyes, lower digestive tract, as well as the genitals. Symptoms include a burning sensation or discharge, and usually appear within 1–14 days after infection, although some people do not experience any symptoms. Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics, but treatment cannot repair any permanent damage the infection may have caused. Re-infection can occur and cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea strains are rising. If left untreated, both men and women can become sterile. For more information on testing and treatment, call Tehama County Public Health at (530) 527–6824 or (800) 655–6854 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ask to speak to an on-call nurse.



 


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