Alabama: highest STD rates in the country
ALABAMA (WPMI) —
An area of health you need to be aware of involves the skyrocketing STD numbers in America.
The CDC reports a record high: 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Even more disturbing, the nation's highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are here in Alabama.
Health officials say last year, 1 in every 58 people in Etowah County has one of these STD's.
Its population is just over 103,000 people.
We compared those numbers to Alabama's average, and according to the Center for Disease Control, last year, nearly 27,000 Alabamians were diagnosed with chlamydia.
About 4,100 had gonorrhea and 376 with syphilis.
The Alabama Dept. of Public Health issued a follow-up statement Friday afternoon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Report 2016 on last week. In the report, the rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia were unusually high in Etowah County.
Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) received several immediate inquiries. The Division of STD Prevention and Control Director, Anthony Merriweather, promptly contacted CDC. Within 24 hours, ADPH received a detailed response from the CDC Surveillance and Special Studies Team.
The reported numbers for Etowah County in 2016 are incorrect. The specific reasons for the difference in the numbers reported by CDC and ADPH have not been determined at this time, but may be related to surveillance system changes that occurred in late 2016.
The ADPH Interim State Epidemiologist, Sherri Davidson, along with the Divisions of STD Prevention and Control, and Information Technology are continuing to work to unravel the origins of the problem and will release a formal report when rectified.