There is an unusual form of gonorrhea that state health officials have confirmed in Kalamazoo County.

According to WOOD-TV8, five people between the ages of 20 and 55 have been confirmed to have gotten a Disseminated gonococcal infection. Four of those cases are in Kalamazoo County and there is a sixth case pending in Calhoun County.

Disseminated gonococcal infections occur following a normal gonorrhea infection then having unprotected sex after. Usually this kind of infection will have you in the hospital.

Sometimes the disease can go undetected but if you are having a fever, chills, joint pain, stiffness and swelling, these could be symptoms of Disseminated gonococcal infection..

If these symptoms are something you are experiencing, you need to immediately contact your doctor and get checked out.

The best way not to get gonorrhea or Disseminated gonococcal infections is simply to use condoms. Safe sex is the best battle against sexually transmitted diseases.

State health officials are urging people to protect themselves from DGI and other sexually transmitted diseases through safe sex practices, including using condoms.

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