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May 15, 2013

Cephalosporin Resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae Infections—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia (Drs Kirkcaldy and Bolan) (rkirkcaldy@cdc.gov); and Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle (Dr Wasserheit).

JAMA. 2013;309(19):1989-1991. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4084

In Reply: We agree with Drs Klausner and Kerndt that antibiotic stewardship is an important component of controlling antibiotic resistance, and we support such efforts as sound clinical and public health practice. For many bacterial pathogens, antibiotic consumption appears to promote the emergence of resistance, and judicious antibiotic use may reduce the prevalence of resistance.1

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