Illinois: Rare Chlamydia Strain in U.S.
February 24, 2006
The Chicago Department of Health reports it has diagnosed one case of LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum). The rare form of chlamydia is typically found in Africa and Southeast Asia but has lately been reported in Europe. Twenty-seven cases have been identified in the United States; most cases have been HIV-infected men who have sex with men. CDPH's Dr. Will Wong said, "the demographic of the [Chicago] person infected is similar to what is reported nationally." The disease is difficult to diagnose: Some cases are asymptomatic, while others have symptoms that mimic those of gastrointestinal diseases. Wong urged sexually active people to practice safer sex and use condoms.
Windy City Times (Chicago)
02.15.2006; Amy Wooten
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.