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May 21, 1982

Pharyngeal Gonorrhea-Reply

JAMA. 1982;247(19):2662-2663. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440014020

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In Reply.—  An effort was made to inform the local public health officials about the women with positive culture results, genital or pharyngeal. As a Department of Defense agency in another country, we are unable to provide care for the local population except in cases of extreme emergency.The treatment rendered by the local officials is done on a weekly basis depending on the results of the cultures taken a week earlier. Most of the women were followed up long enough to determine that they were culture negative. However, because of the transient nature of the population, not all of the women could be located in the following weeks. This might be more forgiveable when one thinks in terms of the entire set of cultures one was dealing with. The hospital at Clark AFB provided microbiologic support for the local public health official and would routinely do from 3,000 to