Treatment-resistant gonorrhoea cases hit all-time high

The STI's resistance to first-line antibiotics has nearly trebled in a year

A spike in the number of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea cases in Australia has experts worried, with many strains no longer susceptible to the key therapy, azithromycin.


National figures of all critically resistant bacteria released on Tuesday show that azithromycin non-susceptible Neisseria gonorrhoeae now accounts for nearly half (46%) of all reports.

The six-month update from Critical Antimicrobial Resistances (CARAlert) reveals 742 cases of critically resistant bacteria were recorded from 1 April to 30