Fears of sex infection superbug

Stuff.co.nz 19 April 2011
An increasing resistance to antibiotics in the past year has sexual health experts concerned gonorrhoea is becoming the nation’s next superbug. Last year almost half of all gonorrhoea samples taken in the MidCentral Health district were resistant to ciprofloxacin, an oral antibiotic which is sometimes used to treat the sexually transmitted infection. MidCentral Sexual Health Service medical head Anne Robertson said the trend was concerning. In 2010 47.8 per cent of samples were resistant to ciprofloxacin, meaning they needed ceftriaxone treatment by injection, she said. In 2008, 4380 cases of gonorrhoea presented to sexual health clinics in Palmerston North, Levin and Dannevirke. That figure jumped to 5275 the following year.