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

Neisseria gonorrhoeae the bacterium that causes super-gonorrhea

CDC Neisseria gonorrhoeae the bacterium that causes super-gonorrhea

A British man has been diagnosed with a highly resistant case of gonorrhoea after sexual contact with a woman in Southeast Asia, the health agency Public Health of England (PEH) said on Thursday (Mar 29).

Public Health England said it is the first known example of a gonorrhoea infection that can not be cured with first-choice antibiotics. Hughes told The Guardian: "PHE actively monitors, and acts on, the spread of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhoea and potential treatment failures, and has introduced enhanced surveillance to identify and manage resistant strains of infection promptly to help reduce further spread".

Public Health England said it was the first time gonorrhoea can not be cured with the main antibiotics treatment, which is a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone.

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.

The combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone had no effect in this case of gonorrhea infection and, even more, this world's premier has even been confirmed by the World's Health Organization (WHO).

Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes super-gonorrhea.


Untreated, it can cause painful pelvic inflammation in women and infertility in both genders. He is now receiving daily injections of another antibiotic called ertapenem and is scheduled to be tested again by mid-April.

Mr Greenhouse said thankfully this man was treated with an old drug, used years ago.

"Worryingly this has left sexual health services at "tipping point", with clinic closures coming at the worst possible time".

"We have a ideal storm, just at a time when these infections are becoming seriously resistant to antibiotics".

His gonorrhea symptoms reportedly manifested a month after the sexual encounter with the woman.

PROSTITUTES in south-east Asia could fuel the rise of a strain of "super gonorrhoea", experts have warned. While the infection often causes no symptoms, the few observed cases have included signs such as a burning sensation during urination, bleeding between periods, abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina, and testicular pain. "Working together, funding must be radically increased to combat this and other life-threatening STDs".

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