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Sex Transm Dis. 2009 Dec;36(12):787-8. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3181b61bb1.

Emergence of high level azithromycin-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae strain isolated in Argentina.

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  • 1Centro Nacional de Referencia en Enfermedades de Transmisión Sexual (CNR-ETS), Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Infecciosas-ANLIS Dr. Carlos G. Malbrán, 1281 Buenos Aires, Argentina.


One Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains highly resistant to azithromycin AzHLR (MIC >2048 mg/L) was isolated in Argentina in 2001 and it has been characterized by N. gonorrhoeae multiantigen sequence typing (NG-MAST) as ST696, suggesting a different event to other isolates in Europe. Neither, mtrR mutations or presence of mef gene were detected.

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