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Gonorrhea on the rise in Sweden

Published måndag 10 juni 2013 kl 10.30

The number of gonorrhea cases reported in Sweden is increasing, according to new figures from the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control.

Between 2011 and 2012, the number of cases jumped 16 percent to 1,098 cases reported last year. The infection rate has been on the rise since the last half of the '90s, according to news agency TT.

"Now, we have a pretty big number of cases, and it's a troubling development," says Inga Velicko, an empidemiologist for the Institute.

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection that can lead to sterility if untreated. The infection is more than twice as common for men as for women.

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