‘Nightmare’ scenario as gonorrhea at epidemic levels, resistant to antibiotics, CDC warns

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that not only are new gonorrhea infections at epidemic levels in the US, but the sexually transmitted disease is becoming untreatable because “Neisseria gonorrhoeae,” the bacteria that causes the disease, has become resistant to the antibiotics used for treatment.

In their report the CDC has, for the first time, prioritized bacteria in their report into one of three categories: urgent, serious, and concerning. Along with gonorrhea, two other antibiotic resistant bacteria, Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which includes E.coli, are listed as “Urgent Threats.” The categorization means that medical science has just about run out of ways to treat infections caused by those bacteria.