Navigation Links
Scientists discover first gonorrhea strain resistant to all available antibiotics
Date:7/10/2011

An international research team has discovered a strain of gonorrhea resistant to all currently available antibiotics. This new strain is likely to transform a common and once easily treatable infection into a global threat to public health. The details of the discovery made by Dr. Magnus Unemo, Dr. Makoto Ohnishi, and colleagues will be presented at the 19th conference of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research (ISSTDR) which runs July 10-13 in Quebec City, Canada.

The team of researchers successfully identified a heretofore unknown variant of the bacterium that causes gonorrhea, Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Analyzing this new strain, dubbed H041, allowed researchers to identify the genetic mutations responsible for the bacterium's extreme resistance to all cephalosporin-class antibioticsthe last remaining drugs still effective in treating gonorrhea.

"This is both an alarming and a predictable discovery," noted Dr. Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria. "Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it."

"While it is still too early to assess if this new strain has become widespread, the history of newly emergent resistance in the bacterium suggests that it may spread rapidly unless new drugs and effective treatment programs are developed," Dr. Unemo continued.

Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. In the U.S. alone, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of cases is estimated at 700,000 annually.

Gonorrhea is asymptomatic in about 50% of infected women and approximately 2-5% of men. When symptomatic, it is characterized by a burning sensation when urinating and pus discharge from the genitals. If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to serious an
'/>"/>

Contact: Jean-Franois Hupp
jean-francois.huppe@dc.ulaval.ca
418-656-7785
Universit Laval
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Jefferson scientists deliver toxic genes to effectively kill pancreatic cancer cells
2. Scientists identify novel inhibitor of human microRNA
3. Argonne scientists peer into heart of compound that may detect chemical, biological weapons
4. MU scientists go green with gold, distribute environmentally friendly nanoparticles
5. Scientists identify gene that may contribute to improved rice yield
6. Scientists discover why a mothers high-fat diet contributes to obesity in her children
7. MU scientists see how HIV matures into an infection
8. Earth scientists keep an eye on Texas
9. Thinking it through: Scientists call for policy to guide biofuels industry toward sustainability
10. Scientists identify a molecule that coordinates the movement of cells
11. Scientists Find new migratory patterns for Mediterranean and Western Atlantic bluefin tuna
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2015)... Report Issued by Small Cap IR. In 2011, Nilson Report,s ... at merchants on the leading payment cards rose to $135.3 ... and prepaid cards reached 6.54 billion.  Eight million credit card ... in 2012, and credit and debit card fraud resulted in ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015 Infinisource has launched its new ... G2 model. The G2 sets a higher standard for collecting ... capital management solution. With plug-and-play installation, touch screen interface and ... provides a robust time collection solution for the small to ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... 2014 Holiday Season may be the brightest ever for ... the long anticipated floodgates for consumer biometrics may finally ... phones, tablets, and wearable mobile devices that incorporate biometrics ... with nearly 4.8 billion biometric devices by 2020.   ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):$4.80 Near Term Price Target with "Buy" given by CapRock Research for NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD) issued by Small Cap IR 2Infinisource's NXG series sets new time clock standard 2First Season of Holiday Shopping with Mobile Biometric Payments Wraps Up With a Present for Biometrics Industry: A Rosy Forecast for More Than 2 Billion Users of 4.8 Billion Mobile Biometric Devices by 2020 2
... of scientists has produced a new type of rice ... other rice crops. Professor Andy Pereira at the Virginia ... India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico and The Netherlands to ... as HARDY that improves key features of this important ...
... to indicate that the diversity of marine creatures increased ... step with predator-prey encounters, Virginia Tech geoscientists report in ... For decades, there has been a debate between paleontologists, ... such as predation, in the long term patterns of ...
... faculty members, Dr. Sumeet Dua, an assistant professor ... assistant professor of electrical engineering, are using their ... Air Force and Department of Defense with sensor ... Automated Target Detection and Tracking, or ATR, involves ...
Cached Biology News:HARDY rice: less water, more food 2HARDY rice: less water, more food 3Study reveals predation-evolution link 2Study reveals predation-evolution link 3Louisiana Tech researchers investigate tracking, sensors to assist Air Force 2Louisiana Tech researchers investigate tracking, sensors to assist Air Force 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Eckert & ... Mass Spectrometry (AMS) services to the pharmaceutical and biotech ... joined the company in the position of Director of ... of broad and valuable experience in drug metabolism and ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015  Transwestern | RBJ today announces the firm brokered ... for Shire a leading biopharmaceutical company, at Two Ledgemont Center ... Robert Richards , president, and Brian Cohen , ... entire five-floor building at 95 Hayden Ave. Photo ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 Crystal Diagnostics (CDx) Xpress System, a ... received AOAC-PTM Certifications for the six non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. ... referred to as STEC or the “Big-6”) as well as ... (cfu) per 325 g of raw ground beef and raw ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Controlled Substance Compliance Services (CSCS), a project managed ... legal requirements around using controlled substances in pharmaceutical research, ... their international operations expand and become increasingly complex, large ... a result of the first phase of the CSCS ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Eckert & Ziegler Vitalea Science appoints Mark Seymour, PhD as Director of Science & Technology 2Eckert & Ziegler Vitalea Science appoints Mark Seymour, PhD as Director of Science & Technology 3Transwestern?RBJ Advises Shire in 202,000 SF Lease, Creating Boston's Largest Suburban Biotech Campus 2Crystal Diagnostics Awarded AOAC-PTM Accreditation for the Rapid Detection of “Big 6” E.coli Food Pathogens 2Global Compliance Service for Controlled Substances to Expand to China 2
... Rudy Willebrords 1 and Bart Moyson 2 , ... Research & Development, a division of Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., Laboratory of Virology, Beerse, ... 2 Caliper Life Sciences Benelux NV, Teralfene, Belgium , ... The purpose of this paper is to report the performance obtained by dispensing ...
... , , , , FLEXSTATION IS A FLEXIBLE TOOL ... EXPERIMENTAL SET-UP , EASY DATA ANALYSIS , ... , , Introduction ... q -coupled receptors induces the flow of calcium ions out of intracellular ...
... , , NO WASH STEPS , , ... HIGHER SIGNAL INTENSITY , , IMPROVED DATA QUALITY , ... FLIPR ASSAYS FOR GPCRS ... GPCR targets are preferred techniques in drug discovery because they generate high quality ...
Cached Biology Technology:96 Well Pipetting Precision Testing Using the Sciclone ALH with a 384 Fixed-Cannula Array 296 Well Pipetting Precision Testing Using the Sciclone ALH with a 384 Fixed-Cannula Array 3Gq-coupled receptor assays: a comparison of FLEXstation and FLIPR 2Gq-coupled receptor assays: a comparison of FLEXstation and FLIPR 3FLIPR Calcium 3 Assay Kit Datasheet 2FLIPR Calcium 3 Assay Kit Datasheet 3
Four siRNAs targeting your gene of interest, providing gene silencing with 100% satisfaction guaranteed High knockdown potency , High specificity for minimal off-target effects , Flexible siR...
... PHD2000 syringe pump series combines Harvard Apparatuss best ... and a wide range of configuration options. A ... dimensions of syringes from all the major manufacturers. ... all the pertinent information from across the lab. ...
... are used for heterologous protein expression in the ... S2 cell line was derived from a primary ... Drosophila melanogaster embryos (1). This versatile ... CO2 and is easily adapted to suspension culture. ...
... Harvard Apparatuss best pump mechanism, a well thought ... configuration options. A lookup table in the pumps ... the major manufacturers. A bright, two line display ... across the lab. All models have RS-232 and ...
Biology Products: