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Abbreviations on this page:

ARG = Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea, a.k.a. Antimicrobial Resistant Gonorrhea, Fluoroquinolone-Resistant Gonorrhea, Drug -Resistant Gonorrhea

GISP = Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project

N. gonorrhoeae = Neisseria gonorrhoeae

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Antimicrobial resistance in N. gonorrhoeae occurs as plasmid-mediated resistance to penicillin and tetracycline, and chromosomally mediated resistance to penicillins, tetracyclines, spectinomycin, and fluoroquinolones.

Antimicrobial resistance in N. gonorrhoeae remains an important challenge to controlling gonorrhea; gonococcal strains may be resistant to penicillins, tetracyclines, spectinomycin, and fluoroquinolones. Resistance to CDC-recommended doses of ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin exceeds 40% in some Asian countries. Fluoroquinolone-resistant strains of N. gonorrhoeae have also been reported in the United States and Canada. The proportion of gonococcal isolates in Hawaii that are fluoroquinolone-resistant currently exceeds 10% and increasing numbers of resistant strains have been identified in the continental United States.   ...more...



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