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Indicator Report - Gonorrhea Cases

Why Is This Important?

Although much less common than chlamydia infections, gonorrhea, caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, is a priority public health concern in Utah. Untreated gonorrhea infections can damage the reproductive systems of both males and females. Females with gonorrhea infection are at risk for developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and both men and women may become infertile as a result of untreated gonorrhea infections. Also, susceptibility to infections such as HIV also increases when an individual is infected with gonorrhea. Furthermore, pregnant women with gonorrhea can pass the infection to their infant during delivery, potentially resulting in ophthalmia neonatorum. Gonorrhea can spread to joints and become systemic (disseminated gonorrhea). In addition to the cervix and urethra, the rectum and pharynx are also possible sites of gonococcal infection.

Gonorrhea by Race/Ethnicity, Utah, 2012

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data table

Data Notes

Rates were calculated by dividing the number of cases within a race/ethnicity group by the population within that group and multiplying by 100,000.

Data Sources

Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology. Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah (2010 Census), U.S. Bureau of the Census.

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Definition

Rate of newly reported cases of gonorrhea by date of diagnosis per 100,000 population.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of newly reported cases of gonorrhea by date of diagnosis.
Denominator: Number of persons in Utah.

Page Content Updated On 10/01/2013, Published on 11/13/2013
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:24 MST