Super-resistant gonorrhea: "Huge concern" as first case is identified in U.K.

Health officials in the U.K. say a man contracted a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to multiple dugs used to treat the infection. The “super-resistant” infection is the first case of its kind in the country, and raises concerns about the growing problem of bacteria that don’t respond to standard treatments.

According to a case report from Public Health England, researchers are trying to trace the origin of the infection. The man, who was not named, had a regular partner in the U.K. but picked up the infection after traveling in Southeast Asia and having sexual contact with a woman there.

“We are investigating a case who has gonorrhea which was acquired abroad and is very resistant to the recommended first line treatment,” Dr. Gwenda Hughes or Public Health England, said in a statement.

First-line treatment consists of a combination of two antibiotics, azithromycin and ceftriaxone.


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