A new strain, HO41, of the disease has been discovered in a Japanese prostitute’s blood stream and it has been found out to be resistant to all major antibiotics.
The revelation is backed by a research which alarms doctors worldwide about the graveness of this new strain.
The World Health Organization warned in the previous year that newer and resistant strains of gonorrhea are emerging. This disease is only second to chlamydia, which is found in most number of patients in the world.
Director of the antibiotic resistance monitoring laboratory at the Health Protection Agency stated that gonorrhea will become a more incurable disease because of the growing insensitivity of bacteria to antibiotics like cephalosporin.
The possible new strategies for its treatment could either be use of a combination of antibiotics or using one over a number of days.
Antibiotics have been a standard treatment for gonorrhea for seven decades now. But, over the years, the bacterium’s capacity to resistance has multiplied and now it’s time to develop new antibiotics to keep the infection at bay.
The findings were presented at the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research in Quebec, Canada.
How grave this disease can become can be understood from its implications such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility in women.
This disease which webs around over 6 million new cases every year, is a major concern for researchers because of the latest developments.