Saturday, June 30, 2012

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea On the Rise

Last year I reported on this blog that there were signs that gonorrhea was becoming resistant to all known classes of antibiotics (this blog, July 14, 2011). This month the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that cases of the antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea have shown up in six countries – Norway, Sweden, Britain, France, Japan, and Australia.

The WHO is calling for more research into new treatment options. It also plans to monitor the use of antibiotics in an effort to encourage their correct use.

Gonorrhea used to be treatable with all known classes of antibiotics. It’s on its way to becoming virtually untreatable, or at least very difficult to treat. And that would be a problem for the more than 100 million people who become infected with the gonorrhea each year.

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