CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 18, 1977
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(Studio) CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports syphilis cases down and percentage of gonorrhea cases also fell in some states. There's new strain of gonorrhea which penicillin can't treat.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Salt Lake City, UT) New strain of gonorrhea believed to have developed in Far East, because prostitutes routinely treat selves with penicillin to prevent VD. Was 1st discovered in United States in 1976 in military personnel returning from Orient. 1st cases not directly traceable to military were found in UT. [UT state venereal disease control program spokesperson Ron CREMO - says if it shows up here, could do so anywhere.] Case of 1st person in Utah group to have new strain noted. [WOMAN - describes experience.] Antibiotic spectinomycin, sold under name Trobicin, treats it, but is more expensive and could lose effectiveness, too. [VD clinic director Bonnie BULLOCK - cites efforts to control strain in UT.] Key to treatment is getting to sexual contacts of infected persons. [Clinic investigator Tom McKINNEY - tells patients what they must do.] Long-range effects not known. [U. of Utah representative Dr. John SWANSON - says it isn't known what will happen with disease.] [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) spokesperson Dr. Paul WIESNER - notes risks involved.]
REPORTER: Richard Wagner