New gonorrhoea strain resistant to all available antibiotics

Date: 12-07-2011 12:02 pm (12 years ago) | Author: Segun Kayode
- at 12-07-2011 12:02 PM (12 years ago)
An international team of scientists has discovered a new strain of the segxwally transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea that is resistant to all currently available antibiotics.

Gonorrhoea is currently a widespread but easily treatable condition. It is estimated to be one of the most common STIs in the world, with around 700,000 cases annually in the US alone.

Scientists successfully identified a previously unknown variant of the bacterium that causes gonorrhoea, Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This new strain, called H041, was found to have extreme resistance to all cephalosporin-class antibiotics, the last remaining drugs still effective in treating gonorrhoea.

Commenting on the findings, study leader Dr Makoto Ohnishi said: "This is both an alarming and a predictable discovery - since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhoea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it."

He warned that new treatments need to be developed to meet the threat posed by the new bug.

"The history of newly emergent resistance in the bacterium suggests that it may spread rapidly unless new drugs and effective treatment programs are developed," Dr Ohnishi said.

If left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to serious and irreversible health complications in both women and men.

For instance, in women it can cause chronic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy. It can lead to infertility, mostly in women but also in men, and it increases the risk of HIV transmission. In 3 to 4% of cases untreated infections spread to the skin, blood, joints, or even the heart, and can cause potentially mortal lesions.

Results of the study will be presented at the 19th conference of the International Society for segxwally Transmitted Disease Research (ISSTDR) in Quebec City, Canada.

Posted: at 12-07-2011 12:02 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
- bomsiluv at 12-07-2011 12:09 PM (12 years ago)
Posted: at 12-07-2011 12:09 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- calvin2b1000 at 12-07-2011 01:47 PM (12 years ago)
Antibiotic mechanism Activated.....................

Posted: at 12-07-2011 01:47 PM (12 years ago) | Upcoming
- Michro at 12-07-2011 01:57 PM (12 years ago)

Posted: at 12-07-2011 01:57 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- maryclaret at 12-07-2011 04:08 PM (12 years ago)
That is Biology for you. When the same anitbiotics are used always for the same infection, the bacteria will become aware of its surroundings and find means of surviving, that is, it becomes resistant to the antibiotic. They are going to have to find another way of killing bacteria instead of the same old anitbiotics or this is going to continue, even in other STI's or STD's.

Posted: at 12-07-2011 04:08 PM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- cadanre at 12-07-2011 04:12 PM (12 years ago)
Antisex BULALA!

Posted: at 12-07-2011 04:12 PM (12 years ago) | Hero
- MissyBarbie at 12-07-2011 04:52 PM (12 years ago)
Posted: at 12-07-2011 04:52 PM (12 years ago) | Hero
- deboalabi262 at 12-07-2011 04:57 PM (12 years ago)
New antibiotics that would destroy it would soon be found through Research.

Posted: at 12-07-2011 04:57 PM (12 years ago) | Hero


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