SAN DIEGO – San Diego County health officials are concerned about a strain of gonorrhea that has developed resistance to one of the antibiotics used to treat it.
Officials with the Center for Disease Control asked doctors across the country to stop prescribing the failed antibiotic, known as Cefixime.
“California is actually one of a handful of states that stopped using the antibiotic in question when it began to show signs of susceptibility to the bacteria during lab tests performed here in San Diego, years ago,” said Dr. Eric McDonald, Deputy Public Health Officer with the San Diego Health Department.
Health experts in San Diego, including McDonald, said there’s still plenty of reason to worry.
San Diego’s most recent STD report shows gonorrhea cases are on the rise, up 27 percent. Of that increase, 49 percent were among women ages 18 to 25 and 9 percent among men.
Doctors said the discrepancy between women and men could be tied to increase screening among women.
“We currently treat our patients with two antibiotics, one which is a shot and another oral medication,” said McDonald.
McDonald admits the bacteria may very well develop a resistance to medications currently in use.
For now CDC officials are pushing for the development of new antibiotics to give doctors more options to treat the disease in the future.