DISCUSS THIS STORY On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said gonorrheriasis had jumped from an estimated 1.1 million cases in 2013 to 1.3 million cases this year.
The number of cases was slightly up from a year earlier, but not by much, CDC spokesman David M. Thomas said.
The virus is spread through sexual contact, especially vaginal and anal sex.
But Thomas said the overall number of gonorrhoea cases is “significantly higher” than previously thought.
The CDC has been working to figure out how to better understand and treat the virus.
As the virus has spread through the U.S., its spread has been slow.
The outbreak is currently in the fourth quarter, but it’s expected to continue well into the summer months.
CDC experts say the outbreak may be under control for now.
But the agency has not yet ruled out a longer-term risk for the country.
There are no known deaths or new cases of the virus, and the CDC has not been able to track the numbers of new infections.
There have been no reports of new cases being brought in from outside the country and the virus is not spreading through people in the U, Thomas said in a news conference Friday.
However, the number of new gonorrileas in the United States has soared in recent months, with some experts saying the spike is due to the fact that more and more people are using antibiotics.