This illustration shows a computer-generated image of drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria that cause gonorrhea.
Credit: CDC / James Archer
A man in the United Kingdom caught a venereal disease with a dubious distinction: it could be the "worst case" of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea that doctors have seen.
The male infection is resistant to the two recommended antibiotics as the first choice of treatment for gonorrhea, called azithromycin and ceftriaxone. This is the first report in the world of a case of gonorrhea that is resistant to these two antibiotics, according to researchers from Public Health England, the UK health authority, who are investigating the case. The World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control agreed that the case was a novelty, according to the BBC.
The man acquired the infection through a sexual encounter with a woman in Southeast Asia, the BBC reported. 1
The British man is currently being treated with an antibiotic called Ertapenem Preliminary tests suggest that it could work, researchers said from Public Health England. The BBC believes doctors will visit the man next month to see if the treatment was successful.
It is still being investigated if other people are suffering from this infection, but so far no further cases have been reported
Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae and spreads through sexual activity. People with gonorrhea often show no symptoms, but the disease can lead to serious complications, including infertility and chronic pelvic pain in women. In men, it can cause epididymitis, a painful condition of the testes-attached ducts that can cause infertility if left untreated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
When the bacteria in the blood or in the blood Joint spreading condition can be life-threatening, says the CDC.
Original article from Live Science .