Excess Use Of Antibiotics Due To COVID-19 Triggers 'Super Go
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Doctors are warning of the increasing spread of the antibiotic-resistant strain of STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). Due to pandemic many clinics and hospitals used antibiotics in the treatment of patients and to prevent the cross-infection of hospitalized individuals. That overuse of antibiotics has given a boost to antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, according to WHO.

The bacterium that causes gonorrhea has adapted to common first-line treatments. In particular, the new super strain of the infection doesn’t respond to treatment with azithromycin. Overuse of antibiotics can fuel the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhoea, a WHO spokesperson told. Azithromycin was used for Covid-19 treatment earlier in the epidemic.

During the pandemic, STI services have been disrupted and are not diagnosed properly with more people self-medicating as a result. Such a situation can fuel emergence of resistance in gonorrhea including gonorrhea superbug or gonorrhoea with high level resistance to current antibiotics recommended to treat it.

The worst part is that the number of people reporting a new gonorrhea infection is growing year-over-year, to the tune of about 17%. That means more people are getting the infection, and the antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria has an even larger population of people to further its adaptation to medications and other treatments.

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