Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CDC warns of "Super-Gonhorrea" that could "dwarf" AIDS

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 6:23

YIKES; looks like we retired from chasing women just in time:
Most of the 18 microbes included in this report are common.  We rank them in three groups: urgent, concerning, and important.  And for the urgent group, there are three that we look at in particular.  What's called CRE, or carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, C. difficile, and drug-resistant gonorrhea.  The reason each of those are urgent, is that CRE is the nightmare bacteria we reported on in March, bacteria that can resist essentially all antibiotics, kill a high number of people who get it in their blood and spread resistance capabilities widely to various other strains of bacteria.  For C. diff this is a life-threatening infection associated with 14,000 deaths and a quarter of a million hospitalizations per year.  For gonorrhea, more than 800,000 infections in the U.S. each year, and a growing proportion are resistant to even the last line of medications that we have.  If resistance to cephalosporins becomes widespread, this could cause tens of thousands of additional cases of pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and significant rise in healthcare costs.
Joesph Sciambra has more:
This “super gonorrhea” tends to spread through oral sex. The microbes sit in the throat, multiply, and can enter the bloodstream, infecting the skin, heart valves — and even the brain.
Yet another reason we desperately need a sexual counterrevolution....

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