Disease forecaster Ascel Bio today is re-issuing an alert for Chlamydia across the United States.
Warnings for North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island and West Virginia are being issued. According to the most recent data of early and mid-July 2016, the mentioned states are currently seeing higher incidence rates compared to our forecasts. Alerts for Puerto Rico and Rhode Island persist since our last chlamydia alert.
North Dakota and West Virginia last observed case counts show drastic rebounds after being on decreasing trends in June. These states’ current projections are showing fluctuating increases throughout the year before decreasing in the winter. Since our last alert, Puerto Rico was exhibiting a high number of chlamydial cases that exceeded the forecast high. However, case counts have been in a steady decline and are now closer to reaching levels more in range to the forecast. As noted in our previous alert, the Puerto Rico forecast continues to indicate a low incidence rate throughout the year. In Rhode Island, the forecast is currently at an all-time low but will steadily increase over the next few weeks before surging to another peak in the fall. Current Rhode Island case counts are in decline but still largely surpass the forecast in a depression.
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.