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Fri., July 11, 2014, 8:53 a.m.

STDs Spreading Across Region

Sexually transmitted diseases continue to spread across Spokane and North Idaho at dangerous levels despite warnings of rampant growth. Spokane health officials announced Thursday gonorrhea is in outbreak status after identified cases grew more than 50 percent over the past three months. Cases in North Idaho’s five most-northern counties jumped 300 percent in 2013 and are on pace to have even more cases this year. “We are seeing the highest rate we’ve seen in the last 20 years,” said Anna Halloran, Spokane Regional Health District disease intervention specialist. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the Inland Northwest as well as nationwide; women between the ages of 15 to 24 are the most at risk, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here.

Question: Why haven't people learned to be careful?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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