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‘The study was conducted on sex workers,’ Health DG Amoth speaks on super gonorrhea fears

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By Wanja Waweru

Dr. Patrick Amoth, the acting Director General at the Ministry of Health has come out to shed more light on the Super Gonorrhea infection case reported in Kenya last week.Dr. Amoth speaking on a night show on Citizen TV said the report on the super gonorrhea infection case from a study conducted by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) on sex workers were out of 400 samples tested, one case was found to be resistant to nearly all antibiotics it was put through.

“This report came from a study that was conducted by KEMRI among commercial sex workers and out of the pathogens they looked at was Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the organism that causes gonorrhoea and out of that there were quite a number of pathogens that were resistant to ordinary antibiotics and in one particular individual, out of a sample of 400, was one that was resistant to nearly all the antibiotics we put it through,” said Dr. Amoth.

The Ministry of Health DG pointed out that the samples used in the study that confirmed the Super Gonorrhea case in Kenya was old data but noted that KEMRI was currently conducting a deeper review and analysis to establish the spread and span of the said strain of gonorrhea.

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