Drug-resistant form of 'super-gonorrhea' may be untreatable, doctors worry

Gonorrhea May Become Untreatable, Official Says

England's chief medical officer says gonorrhea could soon become untreatable as doctors warn it's quickly developing antibiotic resistance.

Dame Sally Davies wrote in a letter to doctors and pharmacies in Britain that gonorrhea "has rapidly acquired resistance to new antibiotics, leaving few alternatives to the current recommendations."

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Gonorrhea is the second most common sexually transmitted disease in England. Cases have increased almost 20 percent between 2013 and 2014 alone. In the United States, the CDC estimates approximately 820,000 new gonorrheal infections occur each year, but less than half of these infections are detected and reported.

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Scientists fear it could become the dominant strain and are trying to track and monitor those who have it.

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