Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Gonorrhea Doomsday Is Nigh. By Alexander Abad-Santos

(The Atlantic Wire) Gonorrhea, one of the the smartest of all the bacterial STDs, is on the rise. From Wyoming to Utah to Minnesota, there are reports of cases increasing, some by 74 percent—all on the heels of the first incurable strain hitting North American genitalia back earlier this year. And now, British doctors who devote their careers to studying The Clap are warning that the disease could be completely untreatable sooner than the U.S. elects a new president. "[T]here is a possibility that if we don't do something then it could become untreatable by 2015," professor Cathy Ison, head of the National Reference Laboratory for Gonorrhea in the U.K., told the BBC Wednesday.

"Untreatable," as Dr. Ison sees it, would be a nightmare scenario not only for patients bound to suffer complications like infertility and ectopic pregnancies, but also for doctors who could no longer break transmission, becoming unprepared to deal with more complex infections. And though Ison's warning of a gonorrhea doomsday is a hypothetical worst-case scenario, the troubling signs of growing cases and incurable strains are already here.

On a state-by-state basis, pockets of the U.S. are seeing giant spikes in the disease. Utah saw a 74 percent rise in gonorrhea cases in 2012, with the trend continuing into the first few months of this year. Over in Minnesota, cases of The Clap rose 35 percent in 2012, according to the state's department of health, and according to the latest statistics from the CDC, "During 2010–2011, 61% (31/51) of states, plus the District of Columbia, reported an increase in gonorrhea rates."

All of which isn't much cause for concern, since we can cure most strains of gonorrhea discreetly. But, back in January, a Canadian study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association said that they "found that 6.7 percent of patients with gonorrhea at a Toronto clinic still had the disease after a round of cephalosporins, the last effective oral antibiotic used to treat the disease." That was the first incurable strain found on North American soil. And in February, the CDC's director of sexually transmitted disease prevention program issued a warning in The New England Journal of Medicine that our last line of antimicrobial defenses were waning. 

So what do those two factors—an increase in cases, and an increase in incurable strains—mean for your body? Well, according to Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs at the CDC, it means serious treatments for a disease that could have been cured by a few pills ... ► Read the full article by Alexander Abad-Santos in The Atlantic Wire

Photo: An electron micrograph of the bacteria that causes gonorrheaWashington and Lee University


  1. Check out this article:

    • GONORRHEA HO41 Superbug may be 'Worse Than AIDS'
    by Kathleen Lees│SCIENCE World Report

    A new antibiotic-resistant form of gonorrhea first detected in a female sex worker in Japan two years ago has the potential to be as deadly as the AIDS virus, according to a new report.

    Gonorrhoea HO41 bacteria has also been found in Hawaii, California and Norway, and "the potential for disaster is great", William Smith of the US National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) said, according to CNBC

    "It's an emergency situation,"Smith warned. "As time moves on, it's getting more hazardous."

    "This strain is a very tricky bug and we don't have anything medically to fight it right now." ...

    • http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/6672/20130506/gonorrhea-ho41-superbug-worse-aids.htm

  2. Check out this article:

    • New gonorrhea strain could kill you in a matter of days
    By Brian Abrams│DeathAndTaxes

    The scientific community has been growing concerned over a strain of gonorrhea that, in 2011, was discovered immune to antibiotic treatments. Now, doctors and scientists have come out saying that Gonorrhea H041 (previously the clap) “might be a lot worse than AIDS.”
    Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine in Phoenix, spoke to CNBC on Thursday about this strain and how, while currently not widespread, could turn fast into a “Walking Dead” situation for penises and vaginas across the land. “The bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly,” Christianson said. “Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days. This is very dangerous … We need to move now before it gets out of hand.” ...

    • http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/198235/new-gonorrhea-strain-could-kill-you-in-a-matter-of-days/