Fresh warnings amid high antibiotic resistance rates for M. genitalium

Researchers 'astounded' by the levels detected in Queensland

High levels of antibiotic-resistant Mycoplasma genitalium have been detected across Queensland, and the authors of a study warn the number of difficult-to-treat cases are set to increase.

Testing urine

Levels of macrolide-resistant M. genitalium have reached 62% across the state, according to the retrospective audit of nearly 500 samples sent by clinicians for PCR testing between 2013 and 2017.

The pathogen, which causes urethritis and can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, cervicitis and preterm delivery, has been shown in other studies