Chlamydia cases high in Malheur County, health officials say

The Malheur County Health Department stocks free condoms at the front desk and inside their restroom. (The Enterprise/file photo)

ONTARIO – Malheur County had the third highest rate of the disease chlamydia in the state last year, according to a recent Oregon Health Authority report.

So far this year, the county has seen 159 cases of chlamydia. Neighboring Baker County has had 41 cases in that same time frame and Harney County had nine. The county’s rate of infection last year was 589 per every 100,000 people – just behind Multnomah with a rate of 671 and higher than the state rate of 456 per every 100,000 people. Jefferson County had the highest rate of infection with 700 chlamydia infections for every 100,000 people.

The sexually transmitted disease is sometimes hard to spot, said . . .