EVOGENE Section Seminar
Raimonda Viburiene, EVOGENE
Status and strategies for vaccine prevention of gonorrhea
Abstract: The bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the etiological agent of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. This is an ancient disease that still affects nearly 100 million people a year and has its greatest impact on women and children in developing countries. In the industrialized world, the disease is treated with antibiotics. However, the WHO has recently warned that the disease is threatening to become completely antibiotic resistant in the near future. Despite considerable effort there is no vaccine available. I will present an overview of the disease, epidemiology, and current and past vaccine development attempts.