Man Contracts ‘Worst-Ever’ Super-Gonorrhoea in a World First

Man Contracts ‘Worst-Ever’ Super-Gonorrhoea in a World First

Well here’s a lesson on infidelity and karma: a UK man has contacted the world’s ‘worst-ever’ case of super-gonorrhoea after a sexual encounter with a woman in South East Asia.

This is the first time the infection couldn’t be cured with first-choice antibiotics, says Public Health England. They’re now searching for other partners the man may’ve had, in an attempt to contain any spread.

The main antibiotic treatment – a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone – has failed to treat the disease.

“This is the first time a case has displayed such high-level resistance to both of these drugs and to most other commonly used antibiotics,” adds Dr. Gwenda Hughes, from Public Health England.

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The WHO and European Centres for Disease Control agree this case of super-gonorrhoea is a world’s first, spread by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Symptoms can include a thick, green or yellow discharge from sexual organs, pain when urinating, and bleeding between periods. Left untreated, the condition can lead to infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and can be passed on to a child during pregnancy.

Related: STD cases are at an all-time high in the U.S.

Dr Olwen Williams, the president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said: “The emergence of this new strain of highly resistant gonorrhoea is of huge concern and is a significant development.

“We are concerned that the problem will worsen due to the dramatic cuts that have been delivered to the public health budget.

“Worryingly this has left sexual health services at ‘tipping point’, with clinic closures coming at the worst possible time.”

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