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Extensively Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Becoming More Common Worldwide, WHO Data Show

CIDRAP News: Global officials warn of pan-resistant gonorrhea
“New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that resistance to the only remaining treatment for gonorrhea is emerging globally, and that widespread treatment failure is likely in the coming years unless new antibiotics are developed…” (Dall, 7/6).

CNN: This STD is becoming ‘smarter’ and harder to treat
“… ‘The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,’ said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist at the WHO, in a news release…” (Chavez, 7/7).

Nature: Untreatable gonorrhea on the rise worldwide
“Gonorrhea is becoming as incurable as it was in the 1920s, before the first drugs to treat it were discovered. More than 60 percent of countries surveyed around the world have reported cases that resist last-resort antibiotics, according to an announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 6 July. The announcement included information about a new gonorrhea drug in development…” (Maxmen, 7/7).

Reuters: WHO warns of imminent spread of untreatable superbug gonorrhea
“…Wi, who gave details in a telephone briefing of two studies on gonorrhea published in the journal PLOS Medicine, said one had documented three specific cases — one each in Japan, France, and Spain — of patients with strains of gonorrhea against which no known antibiotic is effective…” (Kelland, 7/7).

STAT: New data show gonorrhea increasingly resistant to antibiotics
“…[G]lobal surveillance for drug-resistant gonorrhea is spotty, and is done more commonly in affluent countries than in low-income countries. The report included data from only 77 countries. Most African nations — and the rate of gonorrhea is high in parts of Africa — did not report…” (Branswell, 7/6).

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