Gonorrhea may soon become untreatable warns World Health Organization

World Health OrganizationThe WHO said that the improper use of antibiotics has already resulted in widespread resistance to cheaper first line treatments among the bacteria which cause the sexually transmitted disease. After a spate of multi resistant cases being detected including in Australia, China and Japan, the last line treatment, oral cephalosporin, was also losing it effectiveness against the bacteria.

It may be noted that compared to just nine in the equivalent period in 2009, there were 41 people newly diagnosed with the infection in the first two months of this year.

Dr. Shin, the WHO’s Regional Director for the Western Pacific said, “There is no place for complacency with the possible emergence and spread of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea. New treatments or alternative treatments for gonorrhea, improving monitoring for anti-microbial resistance, and strengthening gonorrhea prevention and management are urgently needed” while the sexual health director at Hunter New England Health said, “ New treatments or alternative treatments for gonorrhea, improving monitoring for anti-microbial resistance, and strengthening gonorrhea prevention and management are urgently needed”.

The WHO said that the improper use of antibiotics has already resulted in widespread resistance to cheaper first line treatments among the bacteria which cause the sexually transmitted disease.

 

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