New Strain of ‘Super Gonorrhea’ May be Untreatable, Warn Doctors

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England’s chief medical officer warned that gonorrhea could become untreatable.

In March, a highly resistant super gonorrhea strain was detected in north of England and the antibiotic Azithromycin was ineffective on it, stated BBC. Azithromycin is normally used alongside Ceftriaxon.

A study by Public Health Department England showed that most of the doctors were prescribing antibiotic Ciprofloxacin which was not recommended since 2005.

Immortal News stated that Azithromycin pills and Ceftriaxone injection should be taken in combination. However, British association for sexual health and HIV found that seven online pharmacies in England were only recommending the oral medication without the injection. Consuming one part of the medication helps the disease in developing resistance.

Immortal News also confirmed that gonorrhea is the second most common STD in UK.

BBC reported that England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davis had instructed all GPs and pharmacies to make sure that they were prescribing the correct combination of medication after the surge in “super gonorrhea” in Leeds. The warning was issued after there were rising concerns over the availability of antibiotics which is essential to clear the infection. On the other hand, sexual health doctors warned that gonorrhea was developing resistance very fast.

Davis confirmed, “Gonorrhoea is at the risk of becoming an untreatable disease due to the continuing emergence of antimicrobial resistance”.

Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhea. It can spread due to unprotected sex. The symptoms of gonorrhea are different in the case of men and women. Women may feel pain or burning sensation, vaginal discharge, pain or tenderness in the lower abdomen, and bleeding between periods. Men may feel pain during urination and unusual discharge. Most importantly, even if the symptoms are not prominent, it can spread from one sexual partner to another.

The main concerns of the experts are that if it goes untreated it can cause infertility and various inflammatory diseases of pelvic. There is also the probability that it can pass to the foetus during pregnancy.

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