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Alert: Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea Has Made Its Way to North America

There have been numerous reports of so-called “incurable” gonorrhea, but up until now, there weren’t any reported cases in the gonorreaUnited States. But according to Canadian scientists, the disease has finally made its way to North America.

According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA),  nine of 133 patients with gonorrhea at a Toronto clinic still had the disease after a round of cephalosporins,  a normally effective oral antibiotic treatment for the STD.

JAMA came to the sobering conclusion that “the rate of clinical failure following treatment of N gonorrhoeaeinfections with cefixime was relatively high..”

“Its arrival is deeply troubling,” Dr. Robert D. Kirkcaldy of the Division of STD Prevention of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a press release. “Clinicians now face the emergence of cephalosporin-resistant N. gonorrhoeae without any well-studied, effective backup treatment options.”

The overall conclusion is that,  although the STD has been traditionally been  easy to treat, increased antibiotic resistant strains have led to clinical failure.

The World Health Organization has been warning of this antibiotic resistant strain for quite some time. Other cases have been reported  in Japan, the UK, Austria, France and Norway. It was only a matter of time before the antibiotic resistant strain made its way to the United States.

 

 

 

One Response to Alert: Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea Has Made Its Way to North America

  1. Stop and think

    January 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I hate to be the conspiracy theorist, but maybe this is a direct result of all of the meat we eat that’s full of antibiotics that have been fed to the animals. If you eat a steady diet of meat tainted with antibiotics, your body becomes slightly immune to the effects of antibiotics. I’m just saying….