Could soon be ‘no effective treatment’ for gonorrhoea – WHO

Independent (UK) 6 June 2012
There could soon be “no effective treatment” against the sexually transmitted infection, gonorrhoea, which infects more than 100 million people globally every year, the World Health Organisation warned today.

In a new appeal to the global medical community, the WHO said several countries including the UK had reported cases of the infection resitant to the last line of antibiotics and millions were at risk of running out of treatment options.

It called for “greater vigilance” in the correct use of antibiotics and more research into new treatments to head off a threatened global health disaster.

“Gonorrhoea is becoming a major public health challenge, due to the high incidence of infections accompanied by dwindling treatment options. The available data only shows the tip of the iceberg. Without adequate surveillance we won’t know the extent of resistance to gonorrhoea and without research into new antimicrobial agents, there could soon be no effective treatment for patients,” Dr Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, from the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at WHO, said.