Drug-resistant gonorrhea is spreading around the globe

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He also had one female partner in the United Kingdom. The bacterial infection was treated with two antibiotics, azithromycin and ceftriaxone, but subsequent tests still came back positive for the disease, the officials said. Gonorrhea, which is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases around the world. Each year, there are an estimated 78 million cases across the globe, about 820,000 of which are reported in the United States, according to the World Health Organization. eodora Wi, medical officer of human reproduction at WHO, said in a news release last year that the bacteria that cause gonorrhea are highly intelligent, explaining that “every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them.”

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In this case in the U.K., another antibiotic called ertapenem, was introduced and preliminary tests show that the medication may be working. He will be tested again next month. David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, said that the report “is one more confirmation of our greatest fear: drug-resistant gonorrhea spreading around the globe.” Gonorrhea commonly appears in the genital tract for both women and men, but many people don’t know that the infection can affect multiple sites in the body.

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