Gonorrhea in Oregon
Gonococcal infections: For 16 calendar years, 1980 through 1995, Oregon gonorrhea morbidity decreased compared to the previous year, 11,162 cases in 1980 to 854 cases in 1995. This trend was interrupted with the 886 gonorrhea cases reported in 1996, continued downward in 1997 with 773 cases, increased again in 1998, and continued to increase through 2001 with 1039 cases reported.
Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae
, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in mucous membranes of the body. Gonorrhea bacteria can grow in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women, and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacteria can also grow in the mouth, throat, and anus.