London: A UK health agency has warned that a common sexually transmitted disease may become incurable in the future if more effective treatments aren’t found.The Health Protection Agency told doctors that the antibiotic normally used to treat gonorrhoea is no longer effective because the sexually transmitted disease is now largely resistant to it, a leading English website reported.For now, doctors must stop using the usual treatment cefixime and instead use two more powerful antibiotics. One is a pill and the other a jab.The HPA say the change is necessary because of increasing resistance.Tests on samples taken from patients and grown in the laboratory showed reduced susceptibility to the usual antibiotic cefixime in nearly 20 percent of cases in 2010, compared with just 10percent of cases in 2009.
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