Signs/Symptoms: can be asymptomatic
-Men: experience painful urination, pus-filled discharge, painful/swollen testicles
Can lead to epididymitis
-Women: often mild, can be so non-specific as to be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection, painful or burning urination, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods, risk of developing serious complications
•PID: About one million women each year in the United States develop PID.
Neisseria gonorrhea can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus.
Mothers can give the infection to her baby as the baby passes through the birth canal during delivery.
-Results in: blindness, joint infection, or a life-threatening blood infection in the baby.
»Cutaneous, (aka Woolsorters' disease), occupational hazard of slaughterhouse and textile workers
»Most endemic cases are cutaneous
»contracted by close contact of abraded skin with products derived from infected herbivores, principally cattle, sheep, and goats (hides, hair, wool, bone, and meal)
»Common in parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, cutaneous is very rare in the United States
»Incidence of naturally acquired = 1-2 cases per year in US