Highest resistant gonorrhoea strain ever found in Australia
It is understood the patient, a female tourist from central Europe, contracted the infection in Sydney and was eventually treated in Cairns.
A spokeswoman for NSW Health said the case occurred about six months ago.
In an alert issued to doctors in July, the federal health department said testing at the WHO Collaborating Centre for STD and the Neisseria Laboratory at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital had identified the drug-resistant strain.
It said the A8806 strain exhibited the highest measure of resistance to ceftriaxone “ever reported in Australia”. It reportedly had a ceftriaxone minimum inhibitory concentration of 0.5mg/L.
Subsequent analysis at Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute and the University of Queensland found the strain had similarities to the ceftriaxone-resistant strain H041, which was identified in Japan in 2009.
According to the AMA, the federal health department has