Disease forecaster Ascel Bio today is issuing an alert for Chlamydia across the United States.
Warnings for Alabama, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Wyoming are being issued as these states are currently seeing higher incidence rates compared to our forecasts, according to the most recent data from late May 2016.
Alabama forecast exhibits fluctuating increases through the year before sharply decreasing in late fall. Idaho, exhibits a similar pattern without decreasing during the fall. Mississippi displays a gradual rising forecast with a dip mid- summer while Minnesota and Wyoming forecasts currently show a drop until rising again in mid July with subsequent increases during the fall. All mentioned states currently exhibit chlamydial transmission rates higher than projected forecasts. Particularly important, Puerto Rico had low forecast incidence rate throughout the year, but current chlamydial case counts are close to six times compared to our data.
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.