POCATELLO, Idaho (News4Utah) – Health officials in Idaho are growing increasingly more concerned after noticing a jump in sexually transmitted diseases around the state, according to the Associated Press.
Last year there were nearly 6,600 STD cases, which is up from under 6,300 cases reported in 2016, The Idaho State Journal reports.
Nationally, cases are also increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said nearly 2.3 million cases of Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017.
Kimberly Matulonis-Edgar of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says they are trying to identify what is the cause of the rise in cases but are struggling to determine why.
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are the two highest reported diseases both nationally and in Idaho.
Gonorrhea cases in Southeast Idaho fell about 14 percent from a year ago, but in South-central Idaho the rate increased more than 200 percent, according to health officials.