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The World's First Case of Drug-Resistant 'Super Gonorrhea' Has Been Confirmed

The World's First Case of Drug-Resistant 'Super Gonorrhea' Has Been Confirmed
From TIME - March 30, 2018

The worlds first confirmed case of multi-drug-resistant gonorrhea has been reported in the U.K., according to public health officials.

Health experts have expressed concern for some time about the rise of drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted infection (STI). Still, even as gonorrhea strains begin to evade certain antibiotics, doctors have usually been able to treat the disease using some combination of commonly used medicationsuntil now.

The U.K. patienta heterosexual man who reported one regular female sexual partner in the U.K., and one in Southeast Asia about a month before symptom onsethas the worlds first confirmed case of gonorrhea that is resistant to both drugs commonly used to treat it, according to a case report from the U.K.s public health department. His disease did respond to either azithromycin, an antibiotic frequently used against gonorrhea, or ceftriaxone, which the World Health Organization (WHO) calls the current last-resort treatment. He was also treated with the antibiotic spectinomycin, the report adds.

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