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 The New England Journal of Medicine (New Engl J Med or NEJM) is an English-language peer-reviewed medical journal published by the Massachusetts Medical Society. It is one of the most popular and widely-read peer-reviewed general medical journals in the world.
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 sexually transmitted disease (STD) or venereal disease, term for infections acquired mainly through sexual contact. Five diseases were traditionally known as venereal diseases: gonorrhea, syphilis, and the less common granuloma inguinale,
have not responded to the
conventional last-line treatment which uses cephalosporins.
Investigators writing in NEJM NEJM New England Journal of Medicine
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.