Drug-resistant gonorrhoea strain reaches NZ

Dominion Post 11 June 2012
A strain of gonorrhoea that appears to be mutating into a drug resistant form has reached New Zealand. The World Health Organisation has revealed that several countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, are reporting cases of the sexually transmitted disease’s resistance to cephalosporin antibiotics – the current cure. It has now been detected in New Zealand. Clinical microbiologist Sally Roberts, from Auckland District Health Board, was the one to pick it up here and watch prevalence increase since July last year. “We’ve been seeing mutations, suggesting it is becoming less susceptible to the antibiotics. It’s clearly been introduced into New Zealand somehow.” The New Zealand cases, mainly in the gay and bisexual population of Auckland and Wellington, were of the same gonorrhoea strain on which WHO is calling for urgent action.
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