CASPER – Wyoming health officials say there were six times as many gonorrhea cases in 2016 than in 2012.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday that a press release by the Wyoming Health Department said while the rates for other sexual transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and syphilis have risen, gonorrhea has affected young people the most.
The department says there were 44 reported gonorrhea cases in Wyoming in 2012. The number of gonorrhea cases rose to 279 in 2016.
Communicable Disease Surveillance Program Manager Courtney Smith says two-thirds of the gonorrhea cases and half of chlamydia cases were reported by people between 15 and 24 years old.
Smith says that Natrona County has the highest gonorrhea infection rate in the state in 2016. It's followed by Laramie and Fremont counties.
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