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Winter 2003, Vol. 11 No. 4

H.K. Dermatol. Venereol. Bull. (2003) 11, 185-189


Original Article

A study on in-vitro survival of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Hong Kong

MKT Chan 陳錦添, WYM Tang 鄧旭明, KK Lo 盧乾剛

Abstract
A prospective study was carried out in Lek Yuen Social Hygiene Clinic in Hong Kong during 1996-1997 to study the longest survival time of Neisseria gonorrhoeae outside the human body. Fifteen patients with confirmed gonorrhoea were recruited. The patients' urethral discharges were taken for interval cultural analysis in standardised Thayer Martin medium with and without physiological normal saline. The result showed that Neisseria gonorrhoeae could survive up to 20 hours outside human body. The twenty hours in-vitro survival of Neisseria gonorrhoeae provide important information especially when a genitourinary physician is facing a suspected child abuse case in which the clients claimed that the infection was acquired through fomites.