A Dangerous, ‘Silent Reservoir’ for Gonorrhea: The Throat

A Dangerous, ‘Silent Reservoir’ for Gonorrhea: The Throat

“This bug always outsmarts us,” said Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “It’s really good at figuring out ways to become resistant.” Whenever the human body is exposed to antibiotics — for an ear infection, a sore throat or any other illness — the natural bacteria of the throat are exposed, too. Over time, they can build up resistance to the drugs. That’s generally not a concern until harmful bacteria are introduced. Sharing close quarters with the natural occupants of the throat, the invaders exchange DNA in a process called horizontal gene...

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