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Urgent action needed on gonorrhoea

6th June 2012

The World Health Organisation has issued a warning that millions of people with gonorrhoea may be at risk of running out of treatment options unless urgent action is taken.

The alert comes as several countries including the UK are reporting cases of resistance to cephalosporin antibiotics, which is the last treatment option against gonorrhoea. Resistance has also been reported in Australia, France, Japan, Norway and Sweden and comes at a time that some 106 million people every year are infected worldwide with gonorrhoea, which is transmitted sexually.

 

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