MASON CITY, Iowa - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gonorrhea is increasing at an alarming rate in the state of Iowa.
By mid-October of this year, Iowa exceeded the 2600 hundred gonorrhea cases reported in 2016.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria through sexual contact.
According to the CDC gonorrhea cases has increased since 2013 and it is estimated that there will be over 3400 diagnoses for this year.
Luckily, here in Cerro Gordo County gonorrhea cases have not increased according to registered nurse Kellie Cooper with north Iowa Community Action.
She shares some information that will help with prevention.
"We encourage that everyone is tested at least annually or if not every partner change and also to use condoms consistently, correctly with every intercourse."
Only a total of 5 gonorrhea cases have been reported in Cerro Gordo County According To North Iowa Community Action.