There is “huge concern” among doctors that “super-gonorrhoea” is spreading across England. The highly drug-resistant strain of the sexually transmitted superbug is at risk of becoming untreatable if the only fully effective antibiotic remaining fails, experts say.
There have been efforts to track down the sexual partners of those infected with the disease, which can cause infertility. However Public Health England is understood to have acknowledged that efforts to contain the spread have been of “limited success”.
The alert comes after Chancellor George Osborne warned resistance to antibiotics will become “an even greater threat to mankind than cancer” without global action.
PHE said an increase in cases of super-gonorrhoea was a “further sign of the very real threat of antibiotic resistance to our ability to treat infections”.
What is gonorrhoea?
The disease is caused by the bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The infection is spread by unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex.
Of those infected, about one in 10 heterosexual men and more than three-quarters of women, and gay men, have no easily recognisable symptoms.
But symptoms can include a thick green or yellow discharge from sexual 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.
Super Gonorrhoea is likely to spread through-out the world and make it to Australian shores. If you're sexually active get tested on a regular basis >