Recent detection of highly resistant N. gonorrhoea strain A8801
The Department of Health recently provided the AMA with information to be distributed to GP members regarding a highly resistant N. gonorrhoea strain. The Department wishes to remind GPs that PCR (NAAT) testing does not allow for antimicrobial resistance testing and, where possible, cultures should be collected.
GPs are encouraged to use culture based methods for diagnosis of N. gonorrhea infections where possible. All gonococcal strains should be referred to the State Neisseria Laboratories for testing. Physicians are also asked to be on the lookout for gonorrhoea treatment failures, and are reminded that cultures should be collected where failure is suspected.