Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Clap Clap Clap: hold the applause

The clap - a.k.a. Gonorrhea - is getting added to the list of super diseases for which we are running out of cures.  As this article from the Atlantic notes, the clap can kill you, and if it doesn't kill you, it may very well make you infertile.

Here it Comes: Super Gonorrhea
James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 8 August 2012 (hat tip: NC)

The CDC announced that we're down to our last effective antibiotic.
The list of effective antibiotics has been dwindling as the bacteria became resistant, and now it's down to one. Five years ago, the CDC said fluoroquinolones were no longer effective, but oral cephalosporins were still a common/easy treatment. Now injected ceftriaxone is the only recommended effective drug we have left. And it has to be given along with either azithromycin or doxycycline.

For a disease that 700,000 people in the U.S. get every year, and 64 million worldwide, this is not good news.


kymber said...

oh crap! oh snap! oh clap!oh my goodness!

let us know when you are back from vacation! i want to hear all about it! hope you are having a fantastic time!

your friend,

russell1200 said...


I did briefly in the comments of the "Vacation" post.