Belligerent bugs make Korean debut.Belligerent bug makes Korean debut
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the sexually transmitted bacterium that causes gonorrhea, has pulled another fast one on the medical community. The bug has a history of developing resistance to antibiotics: against sulfonamides Sulfonamides Definition
Sulfonamides are medicines that prevent the growth of bacteria in the body.
Sulfonamides are used to treat many kinds of infections caused by bacteria and certain other microorganisms. in the 1930s, against low-dose penicillin in the 1950s and '60s, and against high doses of penicillin, tetracycline and a number of other drugs in the 1970s. Now, after only three years of exposure to the current front-line antibiotic, spectinomycin spectinomycin /spec·ti·no·my·cin/ (spek?ti-no-mi´sin) an antibiotic derived from Streptomyces spectabilis, used as the hydrochloride salt in the treatment of gonorrhea. , strains of spectinomycin-resistant N. gonorrhoeae are turning up among U.S. military personnel in Korea.
"The prevalence of spectinomycin-resistant strains . . . is alarming, particularly since it occurred over such a short period,' report John W. Boslego and his colleagues in the July 30 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. . Boslego's team, which includes researchers from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research This article is about the U.S. Army medical research institute (not the hospital). Otherwise, see Walter Reed (disambiguation).
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n. pl. ar·ma·men·tar·i·ums or ar·ma·men·tar·i·a
The complete equipment of a physician or medical institution, including drugs, books, supplies, and instruments. of simple, safe, effective and inexpensive antibiotics in further jeopardy.'
Moreover, Boslego says, the problem will not stay on the other side of the world. Microbial resistance patterns in U.S. military personnel abroad often serve as bellwethers of pending microbiological trends at home. Next line of defense: a powerful new antibiotic called ceftriaxone.