There have been numerous reports of so-called “incurable” gonorrhea, but up until now, there weren’t any reported cases in the United States. But according to Canadian scientists, the disease has finally made its way to North America.
According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), nine of 133 patients with gonorrhea at a Toronto clinic still had the disease after a round of cephalosporins, a normally effective oral antibiotic treatment for the STD.
JAMA came to the sobering conclusion that “the rate of clinical failure following treatment of N gonorrhoeaeinfections with cefixime was relatively high..”
“Its arrival is deeply troubling,” Dr. Robert D. Kirkcaldy of the Division of STD Prevention of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a press release. “Clinicians now face the emergence of cephalosporin-resistant N. gonorrhoeae without any well-studied, effective backup treatment options.”
The overall conclusion is that, although the STD has been traditionally been easy to treat, increased antibiotic resistant strains have led to clinical failure.
The World Health Organization has been warning of this antibiotic resistant strain for quite some time. Other cases have been reported in Japan, the UK, Austria, France and Norway. It was only a matter of time before the antibiotic resistant strain made its way to the United States.