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Latest data on Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea

July 14, 2016 – Latest data on Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea

New surveillance data from the Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP) find a distressing increase in the percentage of gonorrhea isolates showing signs of resistance to azithromycin. Only one gonorrhea treatment is currently recommended, a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone.

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Graphics: Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea

The following graphics highlights major findings from CDC’s analysis. The high-resolution, public domain image is ready to download and print in your publication. Click on a graphic to see it in high-resolution.

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Historical Trends in Drug Resistance and CDC Treatment Recommendations
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The following timeline depicts historical trends in drug resistance and CDC treatment recommendations for treatment of gonorrhea. The timeline starts in the 1930s with the introduction of sulfanomide antimicrobials to the present where ceftriaxone plus azithromycin is the only recommended treatment. The gonorrhea bacteria has a long history of developing resistance to every antibiotic used to treat it. CDC currently recommends combination gonorrhea treatment with two antibiotics – an oral dose of azithromycin and an injection of ceftriaxone. This timeline historical charts trends in drug resistance and CDC treatment recommendations for treatment of gonorrhea.


Illustration of Neisseria gonorrhoeae under a microscope
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Medical illustration of Neisseria gonorrhoeae under a microscope
 

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