December 7, 2012

Gonorrhea cases jump in Maine

State epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears says there's been an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in many parts of the country.

The Associated Press

BANGOR — Gonorrhea cases are going up in Maine.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says Maine recorded 370 cases of the sexually transmitted disease through October this year. That's up from 272 cases for all of last year and nearly four times the number in 2008.

State epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears tells the Bangor Daily News there's been an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in many parts of the country.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines in August on how gonorrhea should be treated as the disease becomes resistant to more drugs.

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