A new ‘material’ strain of drug-resistant gonorrhea found in the US for the 1st time

A new ‘material’ strain of drug-resistant gonorrhea found in the US for the 1st time

A pressure of gonorrhea 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 “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 bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Over time, the bacteria grew resistant to most antibiotics historically used to kill it, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (opens in a new tab) (CDC) that it is only a matter of time until it becomes resistant to the only currently recommended treatment, an antibiotic called ceftriaxone. (Under specific circumstances (opens in a new tab)other antibiotics may still be used instead of ceftriaxone, but they are not widely recommended.)

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