British man catches 'world's worst' and first case of super gonorrhoea

01 April, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Super gonorrhoea English man catches antibiotic-resistant strain of the STI

A man in Britain has contracted what has been described as the world's "worst-ever" case of super-gonorrhoea. "PHE actively monitors, and acts on, the spread of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhea and potential treatment failures, and has introduced enhanced surveillance to identify and manage resistant strains of infection promptly to help reduce further spread".

Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of STIs at PHE, said: 'We are investigating a case who has gonorrhoea which was acquired overseas and is very resistant to the recommended first line treatment. However, although doctors placed him on the recommended treatment for the disease - a cocktail of antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone - the infection persists, according to The Guardian. The STD then failed to respond to a combination of two antibiotics, Medical Daily reported.

Dr Richard Stabler, an associate professor in molecular bacteriology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, warned the new case of super gonorrhoea was "worrying" because 'there isn't really an obvious next set of drugs we would move to.

The WHO last year announced its first list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens", detailing 12 families of bacteria that agency experts said posed the greatest threat to human health and kill millions of people every year. The results of his next test are expected in mid-April.

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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection, or STI.

Health experts are now trying to find that mysterious sexual partner (and any other partners the man has had) in order to "contain the spread" of this risky strain of gonorrhea.

Gonorrhea is usually spread through vaginal, oral, or anal sex, but can also be passed on from a pregnant woman to her unborn infant.

Symptoms include a burning sensation when urinating and unusual discharge from the penis or vagina.

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Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has previously written to Global Positioning System warning that gonorrhoea could become an "untreatable disease" and that antibiotic resistance could take humanity back to the "dark ages".

In the long-term, it can lead to inflammation of the pelvic region in women, and possibly infertility.

Mr Greenhouse said thankfully this man was treated with an old drug, used years ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are about 820,000 new infections each year in the U.S.

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