Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Spreading in North America
January 14, 2013
Gonorrhea, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, is continuing to develop drug- resistant strains. The bacteria became resistant to sulfonamides in the 1940s, then to penicillins and tetracyclines in the 1970s and 1980s. Fluorquinolones became ineffective by 2007 in the United States and cefixime and ceftriaxone have been used since then. Doctors have seen warning signs of gonorrhea resistance for years as they have had to use higher concentrations of cefixime to cure the disease. A strain of the disease is now resistant to the antibiotic cefixime. This strain was first discovered in Japan and has since spread to Asia and Europe.
International Business Times (New York)
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