July 30, 1987 |
Bacteria that cause gonorrhea are quickly developing resistance to another antibiotic, and the world may be running out of drugs to cure this venereal disease, Army doctors say. The researchers found that 8 percent of military personnel infected with gonorrhea in Korea had strains of the germ that could withstand spectinomycin, a relatively new drug for treating the venereal disease. Experts expect that this resistance will eventually spread to the United States, where gonorrhea germs are already developing resistance to penicillin and tetracycline.
March 9, 1988 |
Tony Baker, president of Technology Management & Marketing Inc., said the company's new gonorrhea test represents the first commercial application of a biological phenomenon known as genetic transformation. Naturally occurring strains of the gonorrheae bacteria grow best when incubated at body temperature, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Leonard Zubrzycki, a microbiologist at Temple, used the techniques of genetic engineering to produce a strain of gonorrheae that will not grow in temperatures higher than 30 degrees Celsius (about 86 degrees Fahrenheit)
December 18, 1986 |
A penicillin-resistant strain of gonorrhea has spread rapidly in Philadelphia, prompting city health officials to issue a public appeal to eradicate the venereal disease. The disease, called penicillinase-producing Neisseria gonorrhoeae - or PPNG - is no more dangerous than common strains of gonorrhea, but its treatment requires the use of the costly drug spectinomycin, an antibiotic that frequently is used if the patient is allergic to penicillin. Dr. Robert Sharrar, director of the city Health Department's division of disease control, said yesterday that 348 cases of the penicillin-resistant disease had been reported so far this year, but only 26 cases last year.
March 9, 1988 |
Under Corey Wiendecker's microscope, cells of Neisseria gonorrheae appear as a colony of spherical organisms. They congregate in pairs, showing a slightly flattened surface where they abut. These are the insidious creatures responsible for two million reported cases of gonorrhea in the United States each year. Wiendecker, chief microbiologist for Technology Management & Marketing Inc., is preparing a genetically engineered form of the organism developed at Temple University.
October 13, 1988 |
An Ardmore man will stand trial in Montgomery County Court on charges of raping a 4-year-old girl and infecting her with gonorrhea. Wesley Alfred Jackson, 29, of the 300 block of West Spring Avenue was ordered held for trial Tuesday after a preliminary hearing before District Justice Caroline C. Stine in Ardmore. Jackson will be tried on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory rape, indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children. The Sept.
December 16, 1986 |
A strain of gonorrhea that resists the usual treatment with penicillin has reached epidemic proportions in Philadelphia. An "epidemic alert" was sent to all physicians in the city on Oct. 6 by Dr. Robert G. Sharrar, director of the city Health Department's division of disease control, detailing an "aggressive" program to eradicate the resistant gonorrhea, called PPNG (penicillinase-producing Neisseria gonorrhoeae). There have been 330 cases of PPNG in Philadelphia so far this year, compared to only 26 in 1985, Sharrar said yesterday in a telephone interview.
February 15, 1990 |
When Suzanne Colbert knocks on your door, it's rarely cause for celebration. "I make lots of people's days, let me tell you," the public health nurse said with an ironic smile. Usually, Colbert is there to tell you that someone you know very, very well has gonorrhea or syphilis, and you probably have it, too. She shows some disgusting pictures of what untreated venereal diseases can do and suggests that you make an appointment at the Chester County Health Department's clinic soon, like tomorrow.
September 28, 1988 |
An Ardmore man was arrested yesterday for allegedly raping a 4-year-old girl, and authorities said the charges against him were based in part on medical evidence that he had passed a strain of venereal disease on to his young victim. Lower Merion Township police said tests performed by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta had determined similarities between gonorrhea infecting Wesley Alfred Jackson, 29, of the 300 block of West Spring Avenue, and the same disease infecting the child.
August 10, 2012 |
ATLANTA - U.S. health officials said Thursday that doctors should consider giving an AIDS prevention pill to women and heterosexual men who are at high risk for getting the virus. The government previously advised doctors to give the once-a-day pill Truvada to high-risk gay and bisexual men only. However, more than a quarter of new HIV cases each year are heterosexuals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "That's not a portion of the epidemic we want to ignore," said Dawn Smith, the CDC physician who was lead author of the new guidance.
October 5, 1990 |
The woman was pimping her daughter, police said. Her daughter is 5 years old. The girl was threatened to keep quiet. And she did. No one was likely to have found out her mother forced her to perform oral sex on a stranger, police said. Except the girl contracted gonorrhea in her throat. Police Tuesday night arrested the natural mother of the girl and charged her with four felonies - promoting prostitution, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy, and two misdemeanors - endangering the welfare of a child and corrupting the morals of a child.