UK Man Contracts World's First Super-Strength Strain Of Gonorrhoea

01 April, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Public Health England issued a warning stating that a British man had been infected with a case of "super" gonorrhea, named as such because the bacteria had shown complete resistance to the recommended dual first-line therapy.

The man is now receiving an intravenous treatment course of ertapenem, an antibiotic used as a last line of defense against multidrug-resistant bacteria.

"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", Dr. Gwenda Hughes, who leads the sexually transmitted infection section at Public Health England (PHE), said Wednesday in a statement. His disease did respond to either azithromycin, an antibiotic frequently used against gonorrhea, or ceftriaxone, which the World Health Organization (WHO) calls the "current last-resort treatment".

The research may also provide information as to how other bacteria evade the immune system and be unaffected by antibiotics. There have cases of the bacteria developing resistance to cephalosporins, the current first-line treatment for gonorrhoea.

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The strain of "Neisseria gonorrhoeae" which is resistant to standard antibiotics was isolated after a heterosexual man visited a sexual health clinic in England. So far, it seems to be effective - lab tests scheduled for April will tell whether or not this is the case. Fortunately, according to the Evening Standard, the man's United Kingdom partner has tested negative for the infection, but officials are anxious other partners, if they exist, may test positive.

Health officials are now tracing any sexual partners of the man to contain the superbug's spread, the BBC reports.

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

He is being treated and doctors will see if it has been successful next month, the BBC said, adding that no other such cases of infection - including in the British partner - have been discovered, but the investigation was still under way.

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If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause testicular and prostate infection.

Symptoms are not always easily identifiable but can include a burning sensation when urinating and unusual discharge from the penis or vagina.

The WHO estimates that some 78 million people worldwide contract gonorrhea each year. On top of that, there are three new candidate drugs for the disease in development.

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