What is super-gonorrhoea?

In the first recorded case worldwide an English man caught the STI from a woman during his travels to south east Asia earlier this year

Public Health England (PHE) said the patient had a regular female partner in the United Kingdom, but contracted the infection, caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, during a sexual encounter with a woman in south-east Asia.

Public Health England said it is the first case that the infection can't be cured with first choice antibiotics. The key antibiotic treatment which is a combination of ceftriaxone and azithromycin has failed to treat the superbug.

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.

World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centres for Disease Control have agreed that this is a world first.

Gonorrhea is caused by bacteria which can rapidly develop resistance to all known antibiotics - commonly called "superbugs".

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.

Left untreated, the infection has the potential to cause serious health problems, including long-term abdominal pain and pelvic inflammatory disease, which could lead to ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

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The man is being treated intravenously with the antibiotic ertapenem, which appears to be effective for now, the report states, and he will be tested again in April.

The strain of "Neisseria gonorrhoeae" which is resistant to standard antibiotics was isolated after a heterosexual man visited a sexual health clinic in England. In the US, CDC estimates place the number of new infections at around 820,000 countrywide per year.

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

A more thorough analysis of the Briton's gonorrhea infection suggests that another antibiotic could work.

PROSTITUTES in south-east Asia could fuel the rise of a strain of "super gonorrhoea", experts have warned.

On 27 March 2018, the first case of a highly drug-resistant form of gonorrhea was reported in the UK. In the USA, there are about 820,000 new infections each year, and about 570,000 of them are in people 15 to 24 years of age. Also, the funding must be increased to combat life-threatening STDs.

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