‘Worrying’ New Strain of Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Found in US for the First Time

‘Worrying’ New Strain of Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Found in US for the First Time

a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to multiple classes of antibiotics recently infected two people in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health Announced (opens in a new tab) Thursday (January 19). This is the first time that “resistance or reduced response to five classes of antibiotics has been identified in gonorrhea in the United States,” the department reported.

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Over time, the bacteria have become resistant to most antibiotics historically used to kill him, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (opens in a new tab) (CDC) states that “it is only a matter of time” until it becomes resistant to the only currently recommended treatment, an antibiotic called ceftriaxone. (In specific circumstances (opens in a new tab)other antibiotics can still be used instead of ceftriaxone, but are not widely recommended).

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