By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up to a report from August, Kalamazoo County health officials report investigating eleven cases – ten confirmed and one possible – of the serious and rare disseminated gonococcal infections (DGI).


DGI can occur following a sexually transmitted gonorrhea infection. Symptoms may include fever, chills, joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. DGI can also cause infections in joints and internal organs. Patients may or may not have the symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), so anyone experiencing these symptoms is urged to contact their healthcare provider.

“Gonorrhea infection that spreads to joints and internal organs is a rare but serious infection that may require hospitalization, IV antibiotics and surgery. We urge community members to protect themselves from this preventable infection through safe sex practices, including using condoms,” said Dr. William Nettleton, Medical Director of Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department.

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Abstaining from sex, reducing the number of sexual partners, and consistent and correct use of condoms are all effective strategies to prevent gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases. Prompt treatment of sexually transmitted diseases also reduces the risk of infection being passed to others through sexual contact.