United Kingdom man has the 'world's worst' super-gonorrhea

Super Gonorrhoea English man has world’s first confirmed case of new strain

GETTYSuper Gonorrhoea English man has world’s first confirmed case of new strain

It comes as a British man became the first person in the world to catch the sexually transmitted infection which is resistant to nearly all treatments.

The Public Health England said that it is the very first time that the infection can not be cured with the first choice antibiotics.

A super-resistant strain of gonorrhea has been reported in the United Kingdom following warnings from global public health officials that the common sexually transmitted disease is becoming more hard to treat. However, although doctors placed him on the recommended treatment for the disease - a cocktail of antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone - the infection persists, according to The Guardian.

The World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control agreed that the case is a first, as per BBC.

The disease is caused by the bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

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". Left untreated, the infection can cause serious health problems, including long-term abdominal pain and pelvic inflammatory disease, which could lead to ectopic pregnancy and infertility. While the infection often causes no symptoms, the few observed cases have included signs such as a burning sensation during urination, bleeding between periods, abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina, and testicular pain.

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The research may also provide information as to how other bacteria evade the immune system and be unaffected by antibiotics.

On Tuesday, the first case of highly drug-resistant super Gonorrhoea was reported in the U.K. This was named "Super" gonorrhoea because the bacteria showed complete resistance to dual first-line therapy. The 2016 Review on Antimicrobial Resistance Final Report and Recommendations states that antibiotic resistant infection will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide - more than now die from cancer - by 2050 unless action is taken.

Fears of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea spreading in the United Kingdom has prompted health officials to trace the man's sexual partners to try to contain the spread.

Gonorrhea symptoms can sometimes be tricky and hard to detect. It was not reported whether the Asian woman already had the super gonorrhea, or if it only mutated inside the man.

We reported to you previous year that antibiotic-resistant strains of gonorrhoea were becoming more common.

"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.

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