Term of Award

1977

Degree Name

Master of Science in Biology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

John A. Boole

Committee Member 1

Sara Neville Bennett

Committee Member 2

Wayne A. Krissinger

Abstract

The prevalence of gonorrhea in the population has been reported to be increasing rapidly (Anonymous 1, 1974). It is expected that the greatest increases would occur among the young. This study of the epidemiology of gonorrhea at a residential southern college was undertaken to ascertain the prevalence of the disease among students on the campus. If the assumption that most of the students use campus facilities for health care is correct, the prevalence of gonorrhea within the student population may be extrapolated from these data.

Antibiotic sensitivity testing to determine treatment for gonorrhea and further in vitro testing of its causative agent, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, may require knowledge of the growth kinetics of the organism. Such studies of selected isolates from the epidemiological study and other isolates from one of the state testing centers were therefore undertaken.

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