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Gonorrhea May Become Untreatable, Experts Say

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Experts have said that gonorrhea, regarded as the world’s second most common sexually transmitted disease, may become untreatable due to its resistance to antibiotic drugs that were hitherto used to treat it.

This is because the disease is rapidly developing a resistance to new antibiotics, leaving fewer alternative treatments.

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Both the World Health Organisation and the Centres for Disease Control have warned that untreatable gonorrhoea could soon be a reality, as the bacteria showed increasing resistance to cephalosporins in laboratory tests.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that patients in a Canadian clinic have proved resistant to cephalosporins, a form of oral antibiotic traditionally used to treat the disease.

“These are the clinical cases we’ve been waiting for,” the researchers say.

They add, “This is the translation of the lab information into what the clinical consequence is. We think that without a doubt, this will become a bigger problem.

“The next threat is when, not if, the same thing happens with ceftriaxone. And then what?”

Experts say infected persons may experience discharge or pain while urinating, but around 10 per cent of men and almost half of women do not suffer any symptoms.

“If untreated, gonorrhoea can result in severe complications and lead to infertility or septicaemia (blood infection) in rare cases,” WHO warns.

A Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Dr. Andrew Lee, said, “We know that the bacterium that cause gonorrhoea can mutate and develop new resistance, so we cannot afford to be complacent.

“Individuals can significantly reduce their risk of any STI by using condoms with all new and casual partners and getting tested regularly.”

.: Punch

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