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Editor,—The surveillance programme of Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) antimicrobial susceptibility patterns was implemented in 1980 in the National Reference Centre for STI (NRC).
Twenty nine peripheral STI laboratories belonging to the National Network of Argentina, distributed throughout the country, routinely send their isolates to the NRC for typing, susceptibility testing, and plasmid characterisation.
The NRC was incorporated into the WHO Gonococcal Antimicrobial Susceptibility Programme (GASP) for the Americas and the Caribbean in 1993 and since then the methodology has been standardised.
From January 1993 to June 2000, the NRC determined the MICs of 1194 NG strains by the agar dilution method with the media, conditions, and controls as recommended by the NCCLS. …