British man suffering from the 'worst ever' case of gonorrhoea


A fling in southeast Asia has reportedly left a man with the sexually-transmitted superbug so potent that it represents the first time the infection couldn't be cured with normal antibiotic treatments.

"We are investigating a case who has gonorrhea which was acquired overseas and is very resistant to the recommended first line treatment".

The usual treatment for gonorrhea, a combination of two antibiotics, failed to work.

The report states the man is being treated intravenously with the antibiotic ertapenem. So far, no other cases of super gonorrhea have been reported.

The super gonorrhoea was discovered when the man attended a sexual health clinic in England earlier this year, according to a report published by Public Health England (PHE). Results for the next urine test will be available by mid-April. The man's partner tested negative for infection.

An incident management team has been created to coordinate the investigation and contain the potential spread of the disease.

The bacteria can lead to serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women and inflammation of the epididymis in men.

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Gonorrhoea, also called "the clap", is a disease caused by a bacteria spread through vaginal, oral and anal sex.

Symptoms of the nasty infection include a burning sensation when urinating and unusual discharge from the penis or vagina.

The WHO estimates that 78 million people worldwide are infected with gonorrhea each year.

The disease is particularly worrying because there is no "obvious set of drugs we could move on to", according to Dr Richard Stabler from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

"Based on what people tell us during follow up interviews, we believe we are seeing increased gonorrhea because more people are having anonymous sex and more people are having multiple sex partners, while not enough people are using condoms", Smith said.

Most of the pathogens listed were among the almost two dozen antibiotic-resistant microbes that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned in 2013 could cause potentially catastrophic consequences if the United States didn't act quickly to combat the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant infections.

Still, the report is a confirmation of healthcare authorities' greatest fear: drug-resistant gonorrhea is spreading around the globe.