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Published on June 7th, 2012 | by James Ayre

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Untreatable Gonorrhea Spreading Worldwide, World Health Organization Warns

June 7th, 2012 by

 
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New cases of untreatable gonorrhoea have been found in Australia, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that with resistance to the last antibiotic effective against gonorrhoea growing, millions of people will be left with no treatment options.

“Gonorrhoea is becoming a major public health challenge, due to the high incidence of infections accompanied by dwindling treatment options,” says Dr Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, from the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO. “The available data only shows the tip of the iceberg. Without adequate surveillance we won’t know the extent of resistance to gonorrhoea and without research into new antimicrobial agents, there could soon be no effective treatment for patients.”

In response to this, the WHO is calling for better antibiotic use practices to slow the spread of resistance, and faster research to find new treatments. Part of its action plan to slow the spread is to increase the monitoring and reporting of antibiotic-resistant strains, as well as better diagnosis, prevention, and control of infections.

“Gonorrhoea makes up one quarter of the four major curable sexually-transmitted infections.” Since antibiotic development, it has developed resistance to almost all commonly-used antibiotics, such as penicillin, tetracyclines, and quinolones.

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“We are very concerned about recent reports of treatment failure from the last effective treatment option – the class of cephalosporin antibiotics – as there are no new therapeutic drugs in development,” says Dr Lusti-Narasimhan. “If gonococcal infections become untreatable, the health implications are significant.”

Resistance such as this is caused by the excessive use of antibiotics, poor practices of use, and the inevitability of useful mutation and adaption.

“Untreated gonococcal infection can cause health problems in men, women and newborn babies including: infection of the urethra, cervix and rectum; infertility in both men and women; a significantly increased risk of HIV infection and transmission; ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and premature deliveries; and severe eye infections occur in 30-50% of babies born to women with untreated gonorrhoea, which can lead to blindness.”

Source: WHO
Image Credits: Stock and Bacteria via Shutterstock

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



  • cynthia

    Although this is frightening it is just another area of health where suppression through medicines prove to create problems. Certainly antibiotics are vitally important, however, in studies where a more holistic antibiotic property is used, viruses become more and more treatable each treatment with agents such as colloidal silver, etc. This is as opposed to stronger Allopathic antibiotic approach which is more aggressive in the short run and thus highly effective short term. Allopathic antibiotic does work more aggressively [in that sense short term successful] at first but is proven to have create bigger viruses such as we are finding now. When holistic antibiotic the viruses become more and more treatable with each treatment as opposed to more and more resistant. As a Holistic practitioner — who has used Homeopathic Medicine, TCM, and progressive Biofeedback systems for immune disorder, I have watched ‘incurable’ chronic illnesses [many STD] be successfully treated and remain in dormant [through treating the strength of the immune system]– something suppression type cures only control temporarily or as in this case become resistant too.
    In other wards there is a whole group of people [apparently] that will need to take holistic measures to insure their immune strength becomes stronger to manage such
    illness.

    • http://pamelarodneykennedy@facebook.com Mrs. Pamela Kennedy

      greeting to you Cynthia. thank you for this information , I’m a Holistic therapist. and I believe in natural herbal remedies. people already program in mainstream practice.and it is only when the disease get worst they find alternative healthcare.I myself is getting a hard time,establishing TCM. colonic treatment. whole body rejuvination therapy. and the list go on!

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