Friday, April 13, 2007

Too much of a good thing...

And then there was one. Gonorrhea is fighting back and all 300,000 people infected annually should start thinking with their head. The one connected to their neck. Why? Due to resistance patterns, N. gonorrhoeae, the bacteria responsible for gonorrhea, is now resistant to fluoroquinolones. The only class of antibiotics left are cephalosporins, a cousin of penicillin.

Gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems. The bacteria thrive in the warm, moist areas of a woman's reproductive tract and in the urine canal of men and women. They also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus.

According to the CDC, the highest reported rates of infection are among sexually active teenagers and young adults. However, proper condom use and sexual abstention can prevent the spread of the disease.

Here is a link to the report issued by the CDC.

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