New “concerning” strain of drug-resistant gonorrhea found in US for first time

A tribe of gonorrhea that is resistant to several classes of antibiotics recently infected two people in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health announced (opens in a new tab) Thursday (January 19). This is the first time that “resistance or reduced response to five classes of antibiotics has been identified in gonorrhea in the United States,” the department reported.

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Over time, the bacterium has grown resistant to most things antibiotics historically used to kill it, and it Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (opens in a new tab) (CDC) says “it’s only a matter of time” before it becomes resistant to the only treatment currently recommended, an antibiotic called ceftriaxone. (Under special circumstances (opens in a new tab)other antibiotics may still be used instead of ceftriaxone, but they are not widely recommended.)

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