'World's worst' super-gonorrhea case sparks drug worry

Super gonorrhoea English man catches antibiotic-resistant strain of the STI

Super gonorrhoea English man catches antibiotic-resistant strain of the STI

He has a regular sexual partner back in the United Kingdom and noticed his symptoms about a month after coming back from Asia.

Public Health England is exploring the instance of a United Kingdom man infected with a multidrug-safe type of gonorrhea. PHE said it was the "first global report" of such an occurrence.

"We are investigating a case who has gonorrhea which was acquired overseas and is very resistant to the recommended first-line treatment", said Dr. Gwenda Hughes, Consultant Scientist and Head of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Section at PHE, according to BBC News.

Initially line treatment for gonorrhea is a mix of two anti-toxins (azithromycin and ceftriaxone), and this is the main worldwide report of a disease with abnormal state protection from the two drugs, as indicated by Public Health England.

This incident comes after the World Health Organization has warned on several occasions recently that the virus could mutate and become resistant to drugs.

This is the first report in the world of a case of gonorrhea that's resistant to both of these antibiotics, according to researchers at Public Health England, the United Kingdom health agency investigating the case.

Dr Hughes added: "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 minimised".

The disease is caused by the bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. "Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them".

An investigation is still underway to determine if any other people caught this infection, but so far, no other cases have been reported.

Dr. Olwen Williams of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said the "highly resistant gonorrhea strain" comes at a very concerning time due to bureaucratic budget cuts.

Symptoms are not always easily identifiable but can include a burning sensation when urinating and unusual discharge from the penis or vagina. Experts recommend condom use with casual and committed partners.

Government health officials in England say a man in the United Kingdom picked up the world's worst-ever case of super-gonorrhea after a sexual rendezvous with a woman in southeast Asia. A woman is seen being given a vaccine on August 11, 2009 in Iowa City, Iowa.

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