Report: 'Incurable' Gonorrhea Found in North America



A new study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, says Incurable gonorrhea has made its way to North America.

More than 6 percent of patients with gonorrhea at a Toronto health clinic were found to have an incurable form of the infection, according to the research. A total of 133 gonorrhea patients at the Toronto clinic were treated with cephalosporin, an antibiotic that, up until now, has proved successful in combating the disease. Out of those, nine still had the disease after getting the drugs. The study marks the first time that cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea has been found in humans in North America.

"Cephalosporin treatment failures have now been documented in North America," wrote the CDC's Robert Kirkcaldy. "Although this milestone was expected, its arrival is deeply troubling."

Lead researcher Vanessa Allen also told US News & World report that "basically, the problem appears worse than we originally thought."

Just one year ago, Gail Bolan, director of the CDC's sexually transmitted disease prevention program, said that the "threat of untreatable gonorrhea is emerging rapidly."


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