Molecular approaches to enhance surveillance of gonococcal antimicrobial resistance

Namraj Goire, Monica Lahra, Marcus Chen, Basil Donovan, Christopher Fairley, Rebecca Guy, John Kaldor, David Regan, James Ward, Michael Nissen, Theo Sloots, David Whiley

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The best available data indicate that the world is heading towards a pandemic of extensively drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae. At the same time, clinical microbiology laboratories have moved away from using culture-based methods to diagnose gonorrhoea, thus undermining our ability to detect antimicrobial resistance (AMR) using current technologies. In this Opinion article, we discuss the problem of N. gonorrhoeae AMR, particularly emerging resistance to the cephalosporin ceftriaxone, outline current concerns about the surveillance of N. gonorrhoeae AMR and propose the use of molecular methods on a large scale to systematically enhance surveillance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-229
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


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