Government officials in England say a man in the UK has picked up the world's worst case of super-gonorrhea following a sexual meeting with a woman in Southeast Asia.
Public Health England officials said. The first contract on sexually transmitted infection, in which two separate antibiotics failed to cure bacterial spread, was first reported by BBC News. Health officials said that the man had a regular partner in the UK, but they believe that the origin of the gonorrhea superpea of sexual activity with a woman in Southeast Asia dates back this year.
Gonorhea's primary treatment is a combination of theazithromycin and ceftriaxone antibiotics. But the usual antibiotic treatment could not ward off the case of this man. The British Ministry of Health and Social Affairs attributes the gonorrhea caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, as the second most common bacterial STI in the UK, to gonorrhea being transmitted through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal intercourse and even transmitted only through genital contact with another Partner. An infected person can not have symptoms but can still transmit the infection. However, symptoms may be a thick green or yellow discharge from the genitals or pain and bleeding during urination or menstruation. The bacteria can lead to serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
"This is the first time a case has demonstrated such high resistance to these two drugs and to most other common antibiotics," Dr. Gwenda Hughes of Public Health England told BBC News. "We are following this case to make sure the infection has been effectively treated with other options and the risk of transmission is minimized."
The man was treated with a final antibiotic that doctors hoped would show signs of success at the end of the month. The doctors are also investigating his sexual history to curb the possible spread of the advanced form of gonorrhea.
World Health Organization data collected in 77 countries last year has shown that antibiotic resistance makes gonorrhea increasingly difficult and sometimes impossible to treat.
"The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart," Dr. Teodora Wi, Medical Officer of Human Reproduction for WHO, in a statement issued in July 201
WHO data find that 78 million people are infected with gonorrhea every year, with decreasing condom use, urbanization, increased travel and failed treatment, all went into the recent increase. More than 11 million people in the Southeast Asian region of the WHO are infected with gonorrhea every year.
Dr. Olwen Williams from the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said the "highly resistant gonorrhea burden" comes at a very difficult time due to bureaucratic budget cuts.
"We are worried that the problem will worsen because of the dramatic cuts in the public health budget," Williams told BBC News. "It is scary that the sexual service is at the" turning point "and the clinic closures are taking place at the most unfavorable time."