CDC: Men who have sex with men are at high risk of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection

Shigella (CDC)

MIAMI – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned the agency is monitoring the spread of two antibiotic-resistant threats including one that men who have sex with men are at high risk for.

Strains of Shigella have become resistant to the five antibiotics available for treatment — azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and ampicillin, the CDC warned.

Shigella has to come into contact with the nose or mouth, so infection is most common by sexual activity, touching with unwashed hands, or eating contaminated food, according to the CDC.

Last month, epidemiologists also detected another antibiotic-resistant threat. The agency reported carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa cases in Florida and 11 other states.

Epidemiologists associated the cases with the use of artificial tears by more than 10 different brands including EzriCare. Patient outcomes included permanent vision loss and one death, according to the CDC.

Children younger than five years old, the homeless, travelers, and people who are immunocompromised are also at risk for both infections, according to the CDC.

Related CDC material

CDC (.)

About the Author:

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.