British man contracts super-strength strand of gonorrhoea in world first

Super Gonorrhoea English man has world’s first confirmed case of new strain

A British man has discovered that he is carrying a super-resistant strain of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea impervious to two separate types of antibiotics, the first recorded case in the world.

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

Increasing concern has surrounded the treatment of gonorrhea in recent years after experts claimed that it was only a matter of time before the sexually transmitted disease (STD) developed a resistance to antibiotics. He was also treated with the antibiotic spectinomycin, the report adds.

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 patient, who first sought medical care in early 2018, is being treated with an intravenous course of ertapenem, a powerful antibiotic typically used, at least in the USA, for "serious infections in hospitalized patients", according to the National Institutes of Health.

The man picked up the infection earlier in the current year.

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In order to contain the STI, health officials are now being forced to track down any of the man's other sexual partners.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes super-gonorrhea. It can cause serious health problems if left untreated, such as long-term abdominal pain and pelvic inflammatory disease, which could lead to ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that progressive development of gonorrhea to a drug-resistant strain could "significantly complicate" the ability of healthcare providers to provide treatment for it.

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

"Based on what people tell us during follow up interviews, we believe we are seeing increased gonorrhea because more people are having anonymous sex and more people are having multiple sex partners, while not enough people are using condoms", Smith said.

World Health Organization suggests that there should be a quick development of new drugs to combat super gonorrhea.

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