Skip to comments.‘Nightmare’ scenario as gonorrhea at epidemic levels, resistant to antibiotics, CDC warns
Posted on 09/19/2013 5:49:50 AM PDT by Morgana
ATLANTA, GA, September 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that not only are new gonorrhea infections at epidemic levels in the US, but the sexually transmitted disease is becoming untreatable because "Neisseria gonorrhoeae," the bacteria that causes the disease, has become resistant to the antibiotics used for treatment.
In their report the CDC has, for the first time, prioritized bacteria in their report into one of three categories: urgent, serious, and concerning. Along with gonorrhea, two other antibiotic resistant bacteria, Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which includes E.coli, are listed as "Urgent Threats." The categorization means that medical science has just about run out of ways to treat infections caused by those bacteria.
"Antibiotic resistance is a quickly growing, extremely dangerous problem. World health leaders have described antibiotic-resistant bacteria as nightmare bacteria that pose a catastrophic threat to people in every country in the world," the CDC report states.
In its fact sheet on gonorrhea, the CDC estimates that every year 820,000 people in the United States get new gonorrhea infections, and that 570,000 of these infections are among young people 15-24 years of age.
Complications of gonorrhea infection can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men and can be life-threatening.
In women, gonorrhea can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID symptoms may be mild to very severe and can include abdominal pain, fever, internal abscesses (pus-filled pockets) and chronic pelvic pain. It also can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy.
In men, gonorrhea can cause epididymitis, a painful inflammation of the coiled tube (epididymis) at the back of the testicle that stores and carries sperm.
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Gonorrhea can cause sterility in both men and women, and can also spread to the blood or joints causing further complications.
The CDC advises that "the most certain way to avoid gonorrhea is to not have sex or to be in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected."
"Gonorrhea has progressively developed resistance to the antibiotic drugs prescribed to treat it," reads the CDC's official statement on the crisis of gonorrhea treatment options. "The emergence of cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea would significantly complicate our ability to treat gonorrhea successfully, since we have few antibiotic options left that are simple, well-studied, and highly effective. It is critical to continuously monitor antibiotic resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae and encourage research and development of new treatment regimens."
Steve Solomon, one of the authors of the CDC report, was more grim in his assessment of the threat of sexually transmitted and other diseases becoming antibiotic resistant.
Solomon said that while previously there was a sense that resistance wasnt a huge problem because there would always be another antibiotic coming down the pipe, and for 50 to 60 years, that was kind of true, he pointed out that this was no longer the case.
The cushion of new antibiotics is gone, Solomon told Bloomberg.com. Were right at the edge of this cliff where were approaching the post-antibiotic era.
The CDC report explained that as antibiotic resistance grows, the antibiotics used to treat infections do not work as well, or at all.
"The loss of effective antibiotic treatments will not only cripple the ability to fight routine infectious diseases but will also undermine treatment of infectious complications in patients with other diseases," the report said.
"Many of the advances in medical treatmentjoint replacements, organ transplants, cancer therapy, and treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritisare dependent on the ability to fight infections with antibiotics. If that ability is lost, the ability to safely offer people many life-saving and life- improving modern medical advantages will be lost with it."
Antibiotic resistance is rising for many different pathogens that are threats to health, said CDC Director Tom Frieden. If we dont act now, our medicine cabinet will be empty and we wont have the antibiotics we need to save lives.
The full text of the CDC report titled "Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013" is available here.
More information about drug resistance and the serious impacts it has on human health is available from the CDC here.
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I won't say how. Let folks figure it out on their own, if they still can.
The fine print is that this “epidemic” almost exclusively affects black men who have sex with other men. A prison connection is extremely likely.
What is the CDC’s pro-Democrat purpose here? Just to scare normal people for kicks?
I think they can but they don't want to. Sex is the opiate of choice for liberals. It produces a sedate population inclined to pursue hedonism posing as liberty while true liberty is revoked.
“This VD “nightmare” is easily avoided.”
I was thinking the same..........do we have to say it?
I regularly go through bacterial culture and sensitivity reports for blood, urine, and wound specimens. I’ve looked at thousands of these reports. I have yet to see a bug that couldn’t be killed by at least one of the common antibiotics. God help you if you’re allergic to that one however. As most of these bugs are found in the ER, it complicates killing them as the ER doesn’t have the ability to follow up as well as a private pratice office or a health department. These bugs are great at transferring their antibiotic resistance genes to other bugs so it’s a real problem when they’re out there in the community exchanging DNA. That’s how superbugs are created. Eventually, one of them will be resistant to everything.
Plan “B” should fix that. \sarc
This is not a heath crisis. It is a software bug in the progressive operating system. They will deal with it by demanding more public money. That is their default error response. But through it all no one will so much as hint that the whole thing could be avoided if people just keep their junk in their pants.
You beat me to it. I read ‘nightmare’ and thought “Huh? What? For whom?? Ohhhhh, for Obama Zombies! Yep. Makes sense, now.”
Mainly they want to scare dollars out of the public till. That is Dem SOP for any crisis. Therefore, unsurprisingly, every little thing becomes a "crisis".
Oh of course. I’m slow this morning.
Let's all go play with fire now! I call dibs on the stove.
I think I saw her in one of those Chuck-E-Cheese brawl videos on Youtube.
Bill Clinton has found a new cause to sink billions of gubmint research in to.
Somewhere in Baltimore MD there is (or was, perhaps) a woman named "Toxemia". A friend of mine that worked in a downtown hospital and saw the birth certificate.
This is true! Sex anytime, anywhere with anyone without risk or criticism is the reward for being a good liberal. And by golly, if it takes more money to let people have their fun, we will get it.
That was funny.
I found the answer in the article!! Abstinence works every time its tried.
Another contribution by sodomites to society, it appears.
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