World’s First Case Of ‘Super Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea’, A Sexually Transmitted Infection Reported In UK
March 29th, 2018
The first case of highly drug-resistant gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted infection was reported in the United Kingdom. A British man was reportedly infected with the case of ‘super gonorrhea’. If the bacteria spread to the blood or joints, the condition can be life-threatening.
“We are investigating a case who has gonorrhoea which was acquired abroad and is very resistant to the recommended first-line treatment. 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, head of the sexually transmitted infection section at Public Health England was quoted by The Guardian.
“We are following up this case to ensure that the infection was effectively treated with other options and the risk of any onward transmission is minimized,” she added.
Although a sexual disease, Gonorrhea can also be passed on from a pregnant woman to her unborn infant. According to the estimates by World Health Organisation (WHO), almost 78 million people worldwide are infected with Gonorrhea each year. If left untreated, the infection can cause serious health problems like long-term abdominal pain, and pelvic inflammatory disease which can lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
“Here in the US and around the globe, we have to take drug-resistant gonorrhea seriously in order to invest in finding new cures and preventing infections. Working together, funding must be radically increased to combat this and other life-threatening STDs,” said David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors.