Overall Trend
  • Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection that was among the top five most frequently reported infectious diseases in Chatham-Kent in 2018. 
  • In 2018, there were 21 reported cases of gonorrhoea among Chatham-Kent residents, which accounted for 6% of all reported sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections and 4% of all reported infectious diseases.
  • The incidence rate was 22.2 (12.6, 31.3) per 100,000 which was significantly lower than the rate of 70.8 (69.5, 72.2) per 100,000 for Ontario.
  • The incidence rate for Chatham-Kent in 2018 was not significantly different when compared to the previous 5-year average.
  • Over time, rates provincially have increased while rates in Chatham-Kent have fluctuated at lower levels compared to the province.
    Age-standardized incidence rate of Gonorrhoea, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2009-2018
    Age-standardized incidence rate of Gonorrhoea, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2009-2018
    By Age Group
    • In Ontario, incidence rates decreased significantly with increasing age. 
    • In Chatham-Kent, those aged 45 to 64 experienced significantly lower rates compared to younger age groups.
    • In Chatham-Kent, all age groups experienced significantly lower rates compared to Ontarians.
    • Of the 83 reported cases in Chatham-Kent from 2014 to 2018, 88% were between the ages of 15 and 44.
    Incidence rate of Gonorrhea, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2014-2018 (combined)
    Incidence rate of Gonorrhea, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2014-2018 (combined)
    By Sex
    • Ontario males experienced significantly higher rates compared to Ontario females. A similar trend was seen for Chatham-Kent, however the difference between sexes was not significant.
    • Rates among Chatham-Kent males and females were significantly lower than provincial rates. 
    • Of the 83 reported cases in Chatham-Kent from 2014 to 2018, 64% were among males. 
    Incidence rate of Gonorrhea, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2014-2018 (combined)
    Incidence rate of Gonorrhea, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2014-2018 (combined)