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Gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae)
1990 Case Definition

Clinical Description

A sexually transmitted infection commonly manifested by urethritis, cervicitis, or salpingitis. Infection may be asymptomatic.

Laboratory Criteria for Diagnosis

  • Isolation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae from a clinical specimen, OR
  • Observation of gram-negative intracellular diplococci in a urethral smear obtained from a man

Case Classification


Demonstration of gram-negative intracellular diplococci in an endocervical smear obtained from a woman, or a written (morbidity) report of gonorrhea submitted by a physician


A case that is laboratory confirmed