Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It can affect men and women, and causes infection in the genitals, rectum and throat. Cases of gonorrhea have increased in the past several years. Especially concerning is the increase in strains that are resistant to drugs that are commonly used to treat gonorrhea. Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea.
Gonorrhea is reportable in Orange County within seven (7) calendar days of identification. To report a case, health care providers/facilities should call OCHCA Epidemiology at 714-834-8180, fax reports to 714-560-4050, or mail to P.O. Box 6128, Santa Ana, CA 92706-0128. Reports of gonorrhea in Orange County have increased from approximately 1500 cases in 2013 to 3500 cases in2017.
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