All infectious diseases could become resistant to antibiotics says Cambridge expert

January 20th, 2016

All infectious diseases could potentially become untreatable because of the rise of antibiotic resistance – not just gonorrhoea – according to a Cambridge sexual health expert.

Dr Caroline Cooper, associate specialist in sexual and reproductive health based at the Lime Tree clinic in Cambridge, said antibiotic resistance is a problem across the whole NHS, not just sexual health.

Her comments come after England’s chief medical officer reportedly warned Gonorrhoea could become “untreatable”.

According to the BBC, Dame Sally Davies has written to all GPs and pharmacies to ensure they are prescribing the correct drugs after the rise of a highly drug-resistant strain of the infection in Leeds. The strain, which is resistant to first-line antibiotic azithromycin, was first reported in Leeds in March last year but spread, with cases reported in patients from Macclesfield, Oldham and Scunthorpe.

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