Emergence and #spread of #ciprofloxacin-resistant Neisseria #gonorrhoeae in #NSW, #Australia: lessons from history (J Antimicrob Chemother., abstract)

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Emergence and spread of ciprofloxacin-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae in New South Wales, Australia: lessons from history

Jane K Hanrahan, Tiffany R Hogan, Cameron Buckley, Ella Trembizki, Hazel Mitchell, Colleen L Lau, David M Whiley, Monica M Lahra

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, dkz182, https://doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkz182

Published: 06 June 2019




Our aim was to investigate the emergence and spread of ciprofloxacin resistance in clinical Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates in New South Wales, Australia, from the first reported case in 1991 until ciprofloxacin resistance was sustained at or above the WHO threshold for treatment change of 5% (1999), to inform future strategies for controlling gonococcal antimicrobial resistance.


The index isolate and all subsequent clinical isolates of ciprofloxacin-resistant N. gonorrhoeae in New South Wales from 1991 to 1999 were genotyped using a previously described method on the Agena MassARRAY iPLEX platform. Region of acquisition data, where available, were used to determine whether cases were travel associated.


In New South Wales, of the 325 ciprofloxacin-resistant N. gonorrhoeae isolates reported from 1991 to 1999, 98% (320/325) were able to be recovered and 100% (320/320) were genotyped. There were 66 different genotypes, comprising 1–99 isolates each. Notably no single clone was found to account for ciprofloxacin resistance being sustained in the population, with considerable variability in genotype prevalence observed throughout the study period. A total of 65% (209/320) of genotyped isolates had information regarding the likely place of acquisition; of these, 44% (93/209) were associated with overseas travel or sexual contact with an overseas visitor. The first ciprofloxacin-resistant N. gonorrhoeae in New South Wales was associated with travel to Thailand. Index cases of each resistant genotype were significantly more likely to have been acquired overseas (51.5%), predominantly in Asia (45%, 30/66).


The continued importation of multiple genotypes, rather than the expansion of a single genotype, led to ciprofloxacin-resistant N. gonorrhoeae being established in New South Wales.

Topic: ciprofloxacin – gonococcal infection – asia – australia – drug resistance, microbial – genotype – neisseria gonorrhoeae – new south wales – thailand – travel – world health organization


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Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Ciprofloxacin; Neisseria gonorrhoeae; New South Wales; Australia.