WHO: Gonorrhea increasingly difficult to treat

Neisseria gonorrhoeae Bacteria

Neisseria gonorrhoeae Bacteria


The WHO has announced that the bacterium is developing a strength that would make treatment difficult.

Health News Update – The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a statement (in English) in which warns of the resistance gonorrhea infection is presenting to antibiotics. The institution has pointed out that there are also some cases for which there is no means to combat it and countries like Japan, the United States or France have already discovered some.

According to the WHO, 78 million people suffer from gonorrhea per year, a figure that could increase, according to recently published information on the resistance that the disease is showing against treatments. The persistence of the disease against antibiotics is higher in cases of Neisseria gonorrheae , a specific variant of the infection that attacks the throat and is generally acquired through the practice of unprotected oral sex. Antibiotics used to treat infections that cause, for example, a sore throat, mix with the Neisseria that is already present in this part of the body and thus develop immunity to the treatments, according to Dr. Teodora Wi, a doctor Associated with WHO.

The WHO warns of the need to develop new treatments since the bacteria already shows resistance to the three main drugs used to treat gonorrhea , According to a study in 77 countries carried out by this agency of United Nations. Among those antibiotics, ciprofloxacin is ineffective in 97% of cases, azithromycin in 81%, and cephalosporins in 66%, according to the results of the study.

Last year, a US medical center already discovered a bacteria resistant to all treatments and announced that other superbugs could be created, those that mutate to strengthen against drugs and survive. That is why institutions recommend avoiding self-medication.