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Killer STD superbug?

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:30 am

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are not new, but are bacterial STDs morphing in a new direction?

Health experts discovered the drug-resistant bacteria, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, two years ago in Japan. This drug-resistant gonorrhea has the potential of causing septic shock and death within days for susceptible hosts. As with most highly contagious diseases, this bacteria is being monitored around the globe to prevent an even larger disaster. Nearly 322,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported in the U.S. in 2011, making it again the second most commonly reported, notifiable infection in the nation. Sufferers often show no signs, so the actual number of infections is likely closer to 700,000 each year according to the CDC.

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