Disease forecaster Ascel Bio today is re-issuing an alert for Chlamydia across the United States.
Warnings for Puerto Rico, Rhode Island and Wyoming are being issued. According to the most recent data of late June 2016, the mentioned states are currently seeing higher incidence rates compared to our forecasts. Alerts for Puerto Rico and Wyoming persist since our last chlamydia alert.
Since our last alert, Puerto Rico continues to exhibit ongoing high chlamydial cases. Observed case count continues to be on a decreasing trend but still exceeds our forecast. In Rhode Island, the forecast is currently in a depression and is projected to remain in that state for the next few weeks before surging to another peak in the fall. Current case counts have largely surpassed our forecast high already in descent. The Wyoming projection continues to exhibit a drop until rising again in the following weeks with several large increases in the fall. Wyoming reported incidence rate has decreased since our last alert, with the rate now close to double in comparison to our projections.
Nationally, in the summer months, Ascel Bio is projecting a gradual increase in chlamydia cases and demand for care in respect to post counseling and treatment of sex partners. Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It is transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral intercourse. High-risk sexual behaviors such as unprotected sex and having multiple sex partners increases exposure to chlamydia. Patients are usually asymptomatic but symptoms may develop several weeks after exposure. Practicing safe sex and reducing high risk behaviors are highly recommended to reduce exposure.
Dan Nguyen joined Ascel Bio as a DiseaseCast contributor in January 2016. He holds a B.S. in Health Sciences and is currently a Medical Assistant working in New York State. Dan brings a passionate interest in clinical best practices and global health care issues to his reportage on disease outbreaks.