Gonorrhea Becoming More Resistant to Drugs

Gonorrhea is becoming increasingly resistant to drug treatment, according to the World Health Organization.

"The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them," said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist at the WHO, in a news release, CNN reported.

Data from 77 countries shows widespread resistance in gonorrhea to older, cheaper antibiotics and in some countries, the sexually-transmitted infection has became "untreatable by all known antibiotics," the WHO said.

The international health organization said three strains of gonorrhea-causing bacteria that cannot be killed by the best available drug were found in France, Japan and Spain, CNN reported.

Each year, about 78 million people worldwide are infected with gonorrhea, according to the WHO. There are 820,000 new gonorrhea infections each year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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