Researchers Attempt To Develop New Gonorrhea Vaccine Amid Resistance Strains

Researchers Attempt To Develop New Gonorrhea Vaccine Amid Resistance Strains

Boston Uni­ver­si­ty School of Med­i­cine researchers, with the help of Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to researchers, are look­ing at using ani­mal mod­els of gon­or­rhea to come up with a vac­cine that would pre­vent the STD infection.

And, it couldn’t be at a bet­ter time with the increas­ing con­cern of cas­es of antibi­ot­ic resis­tance in gon­or­rhea infections. 

The study looks at how the infec­tion advances and deter­mine how effi­cient the next gen­er­a­tion of vac­cines will be. A mouse mod­el may not accu­rate­ly por­tray the infection’s sever­i­ty and the var­i­ous kinds of human immune responses.

Since 2017, there have been over 550,000 new gon­or­rhea cas­es report­ed to the CDC – an increase of 67 per­cent since 2013. The World Health Orga­ni­za­tion said there are more than 106.1 mil­lion new cas­es each year of the STD. How­ev­er, researchers believe the num­ber could be even high­er with many cas­es going unreported. 

On top of that, reports show that there have been numer­ous cas­es of antibi­ot­ic-resis­tant gon­or­rhea, which makes it even more imper­a­tive to devel­op new gon­or­rhea vac­cines that can tack­le the sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­ease and use rel­e­vant ani­mal mod­els to test the effectiveness.

Dr. Lee M. Wet­zler said using infec­tious dis­eases’ mod­els to study pathogens and pos­si­ble vac­cine devel­op­ment is rid­dled with prob­lems with many of the human-spe­cif­ic pathogens chang­ing mech­a­nisms of infec­tion. It’s imper­a­tive, when using mod­els, to ensure the infec­tions are ful­ly looked into to deter­mine it would mim­ic the same reac­tion in humans as they do in animals.


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