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February 16, 1963


JAMA. 1963;183(7):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700070146026

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Vaccine Needed Against Venereal Disease.  —Research to produce a vaccine against venereal disease is urged by World Health Organization experts. They admit "complete failure to control gonorrhea throughout the world," despite widespread use of penicillin and other antibiotics. "The only hope for the future" lies in discovering a vaccine to immunize persons against the disease. Experts from many countries who reviewed the situation confess that "for several years the number of cases has been increasing, especially among teenagers."Disquiet at the rise in venereal disease among adolescents in Britain was expressed recently by Sir George Godber, Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health. The World Health experts say that for gonorrhea the "ideal" drugs, penicillin and streptomycin, are no longer ideal. The microorganism which causes the disease has been developing a resistance to antibiotics, and there have been more and more treatment failures. After the discovery of antibiotics, the

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