Disease forecaster Ascel Bio today is issuing an alert for Chlamydia across the United States.
Warnings for Idaho, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Wyoming are being issued. According to the most recent data from late July 2016, the mentioned states are currently seeing higher incidence rates compared to our forecasts.
Previous collected data from early July showed a downward trend in these states, but reported cases minimally exceeded or were in range with our forecast high. In all mentioned states, current observations show that this declining trend has since stopped and that chlamydial cases are now once again rising; largely surpassing our forecast high. In Idaho, Rhode Island and Wyoming, these observations show that cases have begun to return to elevated levels comparable to just two to three weeks ago. Our current projections for Idaho, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Wyoming show fluctuating increases throughout the rest of the year.
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.