WHO warns that drug-resistant gonorrhoea is on the rise

by Seyi Lawal

The World Health Organisation has issued a warning that drugs for gonorrhoea might no longer be working to treat the disease. It is believed that a spreading resistance to drugs used to treat the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is on the rise.

According to reports, millions of people with the condition may be at risk of running out of treatment options unless urgent action is taken, the United Nations’ agency said.

Several countries, including Australia, Britain, France, Japan, Norway, and Sweden have reported cases that show that the popular antibiotic, cephalosporin, which is the last treatment option against gonorrhoea, does not treat it anymore.  Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, from the WHO’s reproductive health unit said the team was very concerned. “As there are no new therapeutic drugs in development – if gonococcal infections become untreatable, the health implications are significant.”

Untreated gonorrhoea can cause infertility in both men and women and at the moment the STD affects an estimated 106 million people.

The WHO stated that resistance could have been caused by the overuse and poor quality of antibiotics thus it calls for greater vigilance on the correct use of antibiotics and more research into alternative treatments.

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