Disease forecaster Ascel Bio today is re-issuing an alert for Chlamydia across the United States.
Warnings for Puerto Rico, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming are being issued. According to the most recent data of June 2016, the mentioned states are currently seeing higher incidence rates compared to our forecasts. Alerts for Puerto Rico, West Virginia and Wyoming persist since our last chlamydia alert.
Since our last alert, Puerto Rico continues to exhibit ongoing high chlamydial cases. However, case counts have decreased since last reported observations. Our previous alert showed that the case count was five times more compared to our data. As of this issued alert, reported cases have decreased to four times more in comparison. The Puerto Rico forecast continues to indicate a low incidence rate throughout the year. In Washington state, the transmission rate is projected to increase in the coming weeks with an eventual decrease in late summer. Last reported case count in Washington state was close to double our forecast high in a depression. West Virginia chlamydia incidence rate has sharply decreased since last observations but still considerably exceeds our forecast; close to double in comparison to our data. West Virginia forecast indicates fluctuating increases throughout the year before entering winter. Wyoming reported case count has sharply increased since our last alert, now four times more compared to our data. The Wyoming forecast currently displays a drop that will eventually rise again in mid July with several increases in the fall.
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.