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Superbug: It’s not your father’s gonorrhea!


A new strain of antibiotic-resistant STDs is causing concern in the medical community on both sides of the Atlantic.

American and British researchers have found roughly one-quarter of tested samples from 2009 gonorrhea cases were resistant to the most commonly used antibiotics, such as penicillin and tetracycline. Worse, early data from 2010 indicates the disease is beginning to resist doctors’ best weapon — a class of antibiotics known as cephalosporins.

Gonorrhea is often asymptomatic, but left untreated it can spread throughout the body and lead to infertility and other, potentially life-threatening conditions.

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