7 Jul, 2017 @ 16:02
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SUPER-GONORRHEA: ‘Untreatable’ strand of STI has arrived in Spain and two other wealthy countries, WHO warns it’s ‘tip of the iceberg’

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A STRAIN of gonorrhea that is 100% resistant to antibiotics has arrived in Spain.

According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), three people infected with the sexually transmitted infection have been identified as not responding to last-line antibiotics.


One is in Spain while the other two are in France and Japan.


Considering these countries have good healthcare systems, it is highly likely, according to the WHO, the ‘superbug’ strain is already much more common – and being transmitted – in other parts of the world where the disease less likely to be diagnosed, such as in lower-income countries.


“These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries where gonorrhoea is actually more common,” said Dr Teodora Wi, a medical officer for human reproduction at the WHO.

Around 78 million people contract gonorrhoea each year worldwide, with infections occurring in the genitals, rectum and throat.

Women bear the brunt of symptoms that can include pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility, as well as an increased risk of HIV.

In men, symptoms include pain while urinating and a yellow/green discharge.

“The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” according to Wi.

There are currently only three new drugs being trialed by pharma giants, including Glaxosmithkline.

Most specialists believe the only sustainable solution will be a effective vaccine, but to date trials have not been successful. 

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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  1. `Smart` bacteria? Maybe the problem is dumb humans. After a plethora of serious warnings, including AIDS/HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, etc., humans keep on with sexual inmorality in spite of it all. Don`t you think nature`s God is trying to tell you something? (Romans 1:18-32)

    • I think it is more evolution and our constant battle against organisms who evolve faster than we can develop measures against them. Nothing to do with a book of bronze age myths which the ignorant and foolish like to take refuge in.

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