US News pictures a world with incurable sexually transmitted diseases:
The fears of major health organizations have come true: Gonorrhea that is immune to the last remaining effective oral antibiotic has been detected in at least nine North American patients, meaning the era of “incurable” gonorrhea could be close.
In a study released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a group of scientists led by Vanessa Allen of Public Health Ontario, found that 6.7 percent of patients with gonorrhea at a Toronto clinic still had the disease after a round of cephalosporins, the last effective oral antibiotic used to treat the disease. Of 133 patients who returned for a “test of cure” visit, nine remained gonorrhea-positive. This is the first time cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea has been found in humans in North America.
Although each of the nine patients in Canada were cured with the injectable antibiotic known as ceftriaxone, Allen warns that there’s been “a parallel increase” in resistance to that antibiotic.
“I think without a doubt this will become a bigger problem,” Allen says. “The next threat is when, not if, the same thing happens with ceftriaxone. And then what?”