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Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Reported in San Diego: CDC

Posted on: 05/14/2011

THURSDAY, May 12 (HealthDay News) — Five cases of  antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea found in San Diego County between August  and October 2009 show the need for continued surveillance for such cases,  according to a new report from public health officials.

The researchers noted that antibiotic treatment can successfully cure  gonorrhea, but drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted disease  have been found worldwide.

Each year in the United States, more than 700,000 people get new  gonorrheal infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention. Treatment with two drugs (dual therapy) is recommended to  treat the infection and prevent the development of antibiotic  resistance.

The five cases documented in the report involved patients with  gonorrhea that was resistant to azithromycin, one of the antibiotics in  the recommended dual therapy. The patients were all men who had sex with  men and who had no known connections to each other….. See more

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