What is the global prevalence of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea?

Updated: Jun 15, 2021
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The incidence of antibiotic-resistant strains has been rising since the late 1940s. Of greatest concern historically has been the high percentage of cases due to penicillinase-producing N gonorrhoeae. However, fluoroquinolone resistance has increased rapidly over the past decade on most continents and within the United States. The CDC reported fluoroquinolone resistance in 6.8% of 2004 isolates, 9.4% of 2005 isolates, and 13.3% of 2006 isolates. [6]

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