Gonorrhea infections are increasing in Michigan, according to state health officials.
By the end of October, cases of gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), had surpassed those reported in 2019, the Detroit News reported, citing the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Last year, an estimated 18,264 gonorrhea infections were reported in Michigan. The state this year is on track for a 22 percent increase in infections.
The uptick in cases is “even more alarming as it is likely an underestimate of the actual burden of disease due to decreased testing for sexually transmitted diseases during the pandemic,” health officials said in a statement, per the outlet.
“A shortage of testing supplies during a significant statewide increase in cases presents an alarming potential for a host of negative health outcomes for (Michiganians),” Joneigh Khaldun, the department’s chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said in a statement, according to the Detroit News. “Because laboratory testing is challenging