New testing methods could keep gonorrhoea in check

New methods to track disease could help authorities monitor resistant strains of gonorrhoea and keep a possible pandemic in check.

The new molecular testing methods can confirm whether a particular strain of gonorrhoea is resistant to antibiotics.

Clinical samples were taken from remote Australian communities where penicillin is usually used to treat the disease.

Researcher David Whiley from the University of Queensland said the new methods, in tandem with the traditional way of culture-based diagnosis, will help prepare authorities of outbreaks of resistant gonorrhoea by giving them earlier warning.

Read more at The University of Queensland