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Health Department: STI spike in Douglas County

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) – Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in Douglas County, health department officials said Wednesday.

The Douglas County Department of Health has released preliminary data for 2022 showing the highest incidence of chlamydia in 10 years. In 2021, 4000 cases were reported; in 2022, that number was 4,450.

The largest increase in STIs was observed in rates of primary and secondary syphilis in women, up to 120% and 24% respectively, with a 169% increase in cases of unknown latent syphilis in women.

Douglas County Health Director Dr. Lindsey Hughes told 6 News that the increase is likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is an evolving story. Stay with 6 News for updates.

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