A gonorrhea epidemic has hit Oregon amid public health concerns that the disease is becoming immune to standard treatment.
Since 2012, cases have nearly tripled statewide, affecting just about every part of Oregon, including rural counties where infections have been traditionally low.
Officials in some counties have become so concerned that they’ve launched public awareness campaigns, with ads on dating sites, Facebook and Google. In others, specialists have gone door-to-door, trying to track down infected people and their partners to get them treated.
“We came to a point where we said we have to do something,” said Tanya Phillips, health promotion manager for Jackson County.