The West Texas High School is now looking at the starling chlamydia outbreak after some students tested positive of this disease.
As per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Chlamydia is a common STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease), can infect both the genders alike. It can cause permanent damage to the reproductive system of a woman, making it near impossible for her to get pregnant later on.
Correspondingly, the Crane Independent School District officials’ letter sent to parents of Crane High School students showed that there were at least 20 cases of chlamydia found among the 300 enrolled students of the school. Apparently, cases of chlamydia and STD is not present to the Crane Independent School District alone. The Dallas County Health and Humans Services confessed that since 2013, they have been diagnosing STD cases from Dallas County primary and secondary schools and found that the number of diagnosed cases between 2012-2013 increased by 31%.
There are cases of chlamydia reported from Crane County and adjacent Upton County as per state health officials. School officials of Crane district plans to meet the parents, the school committee and the teacher committees to discuss the situation.
Most people who have chlamydia show no symptoms as they may not appear until several weeks post having sex with an infected partner. Even when it causes no symptoms, chlamydia can damage the reproductive system.
The infection, if untreated, can spread to the uterus and fallopian tube causing pelvic inflammatory disease or PID. PID often has no symptoms, but women may experience pelvic and abdominal pain. Even if it does not cause symptoms initially, PID can lead to irreparable damage to the reproductive system and lead to long-term pelvic pain, inability to get pregnant and deadly ectopic pregnancy.
Men also rarely have health problems linked to the disease. The infection sometimes spreads to the tube that carries the sperms from the testicles, which leads to pain and fever.