Well, this is concerning news.

According to WREX in Rockford, Ogle County, Illinois has reported a 171 percent increase in STD cases from 2017 to 2018. Yes, you read that number correctly.

More specifically, Ogle County has seen a huge outbreak of gonorrhea, and health officials are working with the State of Illinois to help stop spread the virus.

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease with symptoms like pain during urination, discharge from genitalia, and pain and swelling of the testicles. If left untreated, the STD has the potential to cause pelvic inflammatory disease and can cause infertility in both men and women.

Although Ogle County is an hour or so from the QC, it's not out of the realm of possibility for the gonorrhea outbreak to spread here. Scott County has seen high rates of other STDs, including chlamydia, according to County Health Rankings.

The Ogle County Health Department is asking anyone who suspects they may have been exposed to gonorrhea to seek medical attention immediately.

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