Vaccine shows protection against gonorrhea for first time

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Wellington: Scientists in New Zealand says that a vaccine has for the first time been shown to protect against the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea.

There are fears gonorrhoea is becoming untreatable as antibiotics fail. The World Health Organization sees developing a vaccine as vital in stopping the global spread of super-gonorrhoea. The study is published in the Lancet.

Researchers at the University of Auckland analysed data from sexual health clinics and found gonorrhoea cases had fallen 31 percent in those vaccinated.

The species that causes gonorrhoea is a bacterium named Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

About 78 million people pick up the sexually transmitted infection each year, and it can cause infertility.