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Gonorrhea Threat

A new strain of gonorrhea is resistant to all currently available antibiotics.

By | July 11, 2011

Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that causes gonorrheaCDC

Researchers have isolated a superbug strain of “the clap,” one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world, that is resistant to all available antibiotics. The gonorrhea strain, dubbed H041, was isolated from a sex trade worker in Japan. Scientists do not yet know how far the strain has spread.

“The big fear is that if the strain becomes dominant, there will be a real problem,” Michel Alary, a population health researcher at Laval University in Quebec, told the Vancouver Sun. “It’s not treatable.”

The finding was presented yesterday (July 10) at the 19th conference of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research in Quebec City, Canada. "This is both an alarming and a predictable discovery," lead investigator Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, said in a statement. "Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it."

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July 11, 2011

With big Pharm dumping most of its resources into Prozac-clones, expect less for real drug research.

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July 11, 2011

Let people have self control and get restricted monogamy.

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July 11, 2011

With big Pharm dumping most of its resources into Prozac-clones, expect less for real drug research.

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July 11, 2011

Let people have self control and get restricted monogamy.

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July 11, 2011

With big Pharm dumping most of its resources into Prozac-clones, expect less for real drug research.

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July 11, 2011

Let people have self control and get restricted monogamy.

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July 13, 2011

obviously this new risk originated from the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture

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July 13, 2011

obviously this new risk originated from the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture

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July 13, 2011

obviously this new risk originated from the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture

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July 14, 2011

I may submit my humble disagreement with Pvmrdw. Humans are the exclusive host of N. gonorrhoeae. Studies on the pathogenesis and immunology of gonorrhea have been limited by the lack of suitable animal models which reproduce (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic.... 
We are well aware of the risks involved in irrational use, rather abuse of antibiotics in agriculture, animal farming and trade, in collusion with the profit oriented drug manufacturers. 
However, as N. gonorrhoeae is not an animal pathogen,  emergence of Multiple Antibiotic Resistant N. gonorrhoeae is less likely  to be a consequence of  abuse of antibiotics in animal farming or agriculture.

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July 14, 2011

I may submit my humble disagreement with Pvmrdw. Humans are the exclusive host of N. gonorrhoeae. Studies on the pathogenesis and immunology of gonorrhea have been limited by the lack of suitable animal models which reproduce (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic.... 
We are well aware of the risks involved in irrational use, rather abuse of antibiotics in agriculture, animal farming and trade, in collusion with the profit oriented drug manufacturers. 
However, as N. gonorrhoeae is not an animal pathogen,  emergence of Multiple Antibiotic Resistant N. gonorrhoeae is less likely  to be a consequence of  abuse of antibiotics in animal farming or agriculture.

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July 14, 2011

I may submit my humble disagreement with Pvmrdw. Humans are the exclusive host of N. gonorrhoeae. Studies on the pathogenesis and immunology of gonorrhea have been limited by the lack of suitable animal models which reproduce (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic.... 
We are well aware of the risks involved in irrational use, rather abuse of antibiotics in agriculture, animal farming and trade, in collusion with the profit oriented drug manufacturers. 
However, as N. gonorrhoeae is not an animal pathogen,  emergence of Multiple Antibiotic Resistant N. gonorrhoeae is less likely  to be a consequence of  abuse of antibiotics in animal farming or agriculture.

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