The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, with the help of the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department, are investigating 10 confirmed cases and one potential case of a rare gonorrhea infection complication.
complication called disseminated gonococcal infection happens after a
person has become infected with the STD and needs hospitalization.
Symptoms of this disease include chills, fever, joint pain, swelling
and stiffness. It can also lead to infections in the internal organs
County Health & Community Services Department Medical Director
Dr. William Nettleton said the gonorrhea infection spreading to the
joints and internal organs is rare but very serious that needs
medical intervention in the way of hospitalization.
In some cases, some people with the disease have no symptoms. However, anybody that is experiencing these STD symptoms is urged to reach out to their doctor or other healthcare provider. These providers will also need to report the cases to the Kalamazoo County Health and County Services Department.
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Roughly 20 million Americans every year are infected with some kind of sexually transmitted disease. Diagnosing these STDs is a challenge because of the stigma associated with getting tested. However, at-home testing kits have risen in popularity, getting people the treatment they need. However, the healthcare community is still at odds on whether or not the kits are as accurate as they claim to be.
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