MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials say cases of sexually transmitted diseases have increased in Montana.Dr. Chris Baumert, a family physician at RiverStone Health, told the Billings Gazette there’s been a steep increase in the number of cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled the threat of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea one of the nation’s most urgent public health threats.
The rate of gonorrhea cases in the United States has increased 75.2 percent since the historic low in 2009.
Montana officials are projecting more than 1,000 cases of gonorrhea in the state this year, compared to 867 in 2017.