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An ominous report published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that gonorrhea is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment..

* An ominous report published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that gonorrhea is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment. For the last few years, an increasing number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease have not responded to the conventional last-line treatment which uses cephalosporins. Investigators writing in NEJM have expressed concern that one of humanity's ancient bacterial enemies may soon have to be considered untreatable. This news of gonorrheal antibiotic resistance follows closely on reports of the identification of a strain of e.colibacteria with drug-resistant genes, pneumonia that has developed resistance to antibiotics of last resort called carbapenems, and unconfirmed reports of untreatable cases of tuberculosis in India.
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Title Annotation:Infectious Diseases
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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