Journal Article

The Epidemiology of Fluoroquinolone-Resistant <i>Neisseria gonorrhoeae</i> in Hawaii, 2001

Lori M. Newman, Susan A. Wang, Roy G. Ohye, Norman O'Connor, Maria V. Lee and Hillard S. Weinstock

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 5, pages 649-654
Published in print March 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
The Epidemiology of Fluoroquinolone-Resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Hawaii, 2001

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Increases in the number of infections with fluoroquinolone-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Asia and the United States threaten the efficacy of fluoroquinolones as inexpensive, single-dose, orally administered treatments for gonorrhea. This report describes the findings of a field investigation of an increase in the number of infections with ciprofloxacin-resistant N. gonorrhoeae (CipRGC) in Hawaii in 2001. We conducted a case review of 53 patients with CipRGC, who constituted 20% of the 267 patients with cultures positive for N. gonorrhoeae during this period. Nearly one-half of patients with CipRGC were seen by clinicians in private practice, one-third were seen by clinicians at a sexually transmitted diseases (STD) clinic, and only 2% were seen by clinicians in the military. Among the 117 patients with culture-confirmed gonorrhea who attended the public STD clinic, we found a prevalence of infection with CipRGC of 17%. The demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with CipRGC were similar to those of patients with gonorrhea that was not resistant to ciprofloxacin, suggesting that fluoroquinolone-resistant gonorrhea has become endemic in Hawaii.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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