Super gonorrhoea ‘has reached the UK’, doctors warn
'Super gonorrhoea' hit the headlines after a British tourist contracted a case described as 'the world's worst'in Thailand last year – but the infection has now reached Britain.
Two women have contracted the infection, with one believed to have been infected in the UK, according to Pubilc Health England.
Both women have since been cured after the infections were resistant to main therapy, and Public Health England is now investigating if the cases are linked.
The infection is usually treated with the antibiotics ceftriaxone and azithromycin but the bacterium in these two cases was resistant to the drugs.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warns that cases of 'extensively drug resistant' gonorrhoea are on the rise.
Experts have warned that there's a danger that the antibiotic-resistant strains 'could become untreatable', IFLScience warned.
Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, said: 'Although these two cases of extensively resistant gonorrhoea have been successfully treated, contact tracing is under way to ensure there is no onward spread.
'This is a timely reminder of the importance of avoiding getting or passing on gonorrhoea.
'Everyone can substantially reduce their risk by using condoms consistently and correctly with all new and casual partners.'
Gonorrhoea is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae and spread by unprotected sex.