A British man has caught a super strength strand of gonorrhoea believed to be the "world's worst" case. The Health officials are now trying to trace any other sexual partners of the man, who has not yet been identified, in an attempt to contain the spread of the infection. After the patient underwent treatment using ceftriaxone and spectinomycin, his laboratory tests revealed that while the bug was highly resistant to azithromycin and ceftriaxone, it was at least susceptible to spectinomycin.
'We are investigating a case who has gonorrhoea which was acquired overseas and is very resistant to the recommended first line treatment, ' Dr Gwenda Hughes, the head of Public Health England's STI section said.
In recent years, there has been an increasing concern surrounding the treatment of Gonorrhoea after medical experts claimed that it was a matter of time before the STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) developed resistance to antibiotics.
The strain of "Neisseria gonorrhoeae" which is resistant to standard antibiotics was isolated after a heterosexual man visited a sexual health clinic in England. Health officials will test him for the infection again in April. If it is not treated in the early stages, it can lead to ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory, and increase the risk of contracting HIV.
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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". It can be spread from one person to another through vaginal, oral or anal sex. Common symptoms include colorful discharges, pain while urinating and bleeding between periods - but 1 in 10 men and around half of women, according to the NHS, are asymptomatic. In the United States, there are about 820,000 new infections each year, and about 570,000 of them are in people 15 to 24 years of age. Massive research efforts have led to an effective vaccine against the disease - but at the time of writing this, we're still very far away from a fail-proof vaccine; now, it only reduces the disease's incidence by 31%, one in every three cases.
GONORRHOEA is a sexually transmitted infection that in many cases shows very few signs.
Still, the report is a confirmation of healthcare authorities' greatest fear: drug-resistant gonorrhea is spreading around the globe.