Health department declares Gonorrhea outbreak in Rock Island County

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Liliana Moreno)

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Illinois (NEWS3) – The Rock Island County Health Department reports the county is in “outbreak status” for cases of Gonorrhea.

According to the agency, cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis have been on the rise in Rock Island County.

Gonorrhea, which can affect both men and women, can be treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms include testicular pain for men or pain in the lower belly for women; however, there may be no symptoms at all.

Officials urge those to get tested so treatment can begin if necessary.

The Rock Island County Health Department offers walk-in STD/STI clinics on Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at 2112 25th Avenue in Rock Island, just north of UnityPoint-Trinity Rock Island. The cost is $25 per visit.