First cases of ‘incurable’ antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea found in North America as CDC warns of public health nightmare

The long feared nightmare of U.S. public health officials has come to pass with the news anti-biotic resistant Gonorrhea has been detected in North American patients.

A study released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association announced it had found nine patients with a strain of the sexually transmitted disease immune to the last remaining effective oral antibiotic.

This confirms the fears of both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation who warned last year that untreatable gonorrhea, the world’s second most common STD would soon become a reality.

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Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the bacteria that causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea – scientists in North America noted in a study released on January 8th that they have detected the first incurable strain of the disease

‘These are the clinical cases we’ve been waiting for,’ said study leader Vanessa Allen of pUblic Health Ontario. 

‘This is the translation of the lab information into what the clinical consequence is.’

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