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Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Surges In SD



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A South Dakota health official says he is concerned with the surging rate of gonorrhea in the state.
 
State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says preliminary data show there were 573 cases of the sexually transmitted disease in South Dakota in 2011. This is the highest number of cases in a single year since 1987.
 
Kightlinger says the rapid increase is caused by a growth in risky behaviors - multiple sex partners, sex at an earlier age and unprotected sex - especially among people age 24 and younger. He says American Indians continue to account for a higher percentage of cases than other races.
 
Nationally, the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show gonorrhea cases increased slightly in 2010 to more than 300,000.
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