Super-gonorrhoea spreads widely across England

18th April 2016

Doctors in the UK have expressed their concern, as super-gonorrhoea has spread across England and now to gay men.

This new superbug first made headlines last year, when a national alert was circulated about a breakout of the disease in Leeds, reports the BBC.

Containment issues have led Public Health England to acknowledge that it has had "limited success" regarding keeping the outbreak under control.

The superbug seems resistant to the treatment administered for traditional forms of gonorrhoea, and doctors are now concerned that it could soon become untreatable.

Cases of the disease - which can cause infertility - have now been tracked through the West Midlands, London and southern England.

Originally the disease was contained to straight couples, but it is now being rapidly seen in gay men.

These men are more likely to contract gonorrhoea in their throats where antibiotics can only give a limited amount of help, as the tablets etc just pass through.

Similarly, the throat is already full of other bacteria that can be resistant to drugs that are administered to help.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 

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