Gonorrhea is not an STD seen in many headlines, but a recently-discovered strain has caused panic in several countries, including the US.
This past Thursday, the CDC announced that only one of several existing antibacterials created to combat gonorrhea is effective, and should be used sparingly and in concert with other drugs.
While no known cases of this drug-resistant gonorrhea have appeared in the US yet, it has appeared in several countries in Asia and Europe. In 2010, 10 cases of the new “superbug” were discovered in by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the findings were released in June this year.
There are approximately 300,000 reported cases of gonorrhea in the US, but because the disease is often asymptomatic, the CDC estimates that there are actually closer to 700,000 cases per year.
In their statement, the CDC stressed the importance of one particular antibacterial drug, ceftriaxone, sold under brand name Rocephin. The drug is administered as a series of shots, under close supervision of a doctor. Previously, drugs used to treat gonorrhea could be administered orally.
The center pointed out that gonorrhea has always been able to quickly develop resistance to drugs. Jonathan Zenilman of Johns Hopkins told NPR: “If this was a person, this person would be incredibly creative. The bug has an incredible ability to adapt and just develop new mechanisms of resisting the impact of these drugs.”
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