Monday, November 26, 2012

Drug Resistant Gonorrhea in Europe

The rise in cases of drug resistant gonorrhea in Europe has led to new treatment recommendations that are sure to result in strains even more resistant to antibiotics. From Bloomberg:
... Zithromax or a generic version of the antibiotic pill should be added to the standard treatment for gonorrhea to fight multidrug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted bacterium, doctors in Europe said.

New European guidelines for sexually transmitted infections recommend giving azithromycin as well as the injected medicine ceftriaxone, which is beginning to lose its potency against gonorrhea. The guidelines also recommend patients be tested after finishing a course of treatment to check they are cured.

... N. gonorrhoeae has developed resistance to all antimicrobial drugs previously used as first-line treatment. The once easily-treated infection is becoming a “major public health challenge,” the World Health Organization said in June. In 2008, the Geneva-based WHO estimated 106 million cases among adults worldwide, including 3.4 million in the agency’s European region.
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