New vaccine effectively treats gonorrhoea
EXPERTS have announced a new vaccine to protect against the sexually transmitted disease, gonorrhoea. The treatment is based on a meningitis vaccine and was tested on 15 000 participants in a study.
The results come days after the World Health Organisation warned that gonorrhoea was evolving to becoming untreatable. The infection, which affects around 78 million people annually, was easily treatable with antibiotics.
At least three people worldwide have already been infected with totally untreatable strains of gonorrhoea.
Now scientists have shown that exposure to the meningococcal group B jab during a mass vaccination campaign in New Zealand reduced gonorrhoea cases by 31%.
Dr Helen PetousisHarris, of Auckland University, says this is the first time the vaccine has shown any protection against the disease. “The mechanism behind this immune response is unknown, but our findings could inform future vaccine development.” – Daily Mail