London, UK: A man in Britain has contracted super-gonorrhoea which Public Health England said is the first known example of a gonorrhoea infection that cannot be cured with first choice antibiotics. The World Health Organization and the European Centres for Disease Control have also reportedly described his condition as a world first.
In an attempt to contain the infection’s spread, UK health officials are now tracing any other saxual partners of the unnamed man, who reportedly picked up the superbug after a saxual encounter with a woman on a trip to South-east Asia earlier this year. He also had a regular partner in Britain. No other cases – including in the British partner – have been discovered, but the investigation was still under way.
Doctors are perplexed as the main antibiotic treatment – a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone – has failed to treat the disease.
“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, from Public Health England, reportedly said. “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.” Dr Hughes added
The disease is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae and is spread by unprotected va**nal, oral and an*l s*x.
Of those infected, about one in 10 heteros**ual men and more than three-quarters of women, and gay men, have no easily recognizable symptoms.
But symptoms can include a thick green or yellow discharge from s**ual organs, pain when urinating and bleeding between periods.
Untreated infection can lead to infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and can be passed on to a child during pregnancy.
Analysis of the man’s infection suggests one last antibiotic could work. He is being treated and doctors will see if it has been successful next month.
Doctors have long been warning this could happen.
In 2015, there was an outbreak of azithromycin-resistant gonorrhoea centred on Leeds.
The fear is the bug could eventually become untreatable by antibiotics.
WHO estimates 78 million people a year get gonorrhoea, an STD that can infect the genitals, rectum and throat.
The infection, which in many cases has no symptoms on its own, can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility, as well as increasing the risk of getting HIV.
“At least three people worldwide are infected with totally untreatable “superbug” strains of gonorrhoea which they are likely to be spreading to others through s*x” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in July 2017. Is it possible the UK man got infected by one of these three carriers on his South-east Asia trip?.