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More chlamydia cases than the flu last year in Utah County

A 3D illustration of chlamydia trachomatis bacteria, the causative agent of chlamydiosis. Photo: Getty Images

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah County health officials say sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise in the region for at least the fifth year in a row.

The Provo Daily Herald reports officials say each of the four major sexually transmitted diseases tracked by the health department increased last year from previous five-year averages.

That means sexually transmitted diseases were some of the most-diagnosed infectious diseases in 2018 in Utah County.

Officials say there were 1,257 reported cases of chlamydia last year, making a chlamydia diagnosis more common than influenza.

Numbers show chlamydia’s upward climb from a five-year average of 999 cases a year from 2011 to 2017.

There also were 225 cases of gonorrhea last year, up from the five-year average of 135.8 cases a year.

Information from: The Daily Herald,