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Local work helping drive down infectious diseases, reports show

SALEM, Oregon — A new report shows Oregon is doing a better job with childhood immunizations, but more work is needed to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

The report shows the number of vaccination clinics in Oregon increased from 14 to 28 percent, but the number of cases of gonorrhea increased from 107 per 100,000 to 121, but it’s mainly due to better reporting.

Kati Mosely with the Oregon Health Authority says they’re also doing a better job addressing issues across racial and ethnic groups.

“Creating health equity zones that help identify communities that are at higher risk of diseases like Hepatitis A,” she explained.

Mosely said the report shows the state’s investment to modernize is having a direct effect on the health Oregonians who need it the most.

 

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