A man in the UK has caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhea.
He had a regular partner in the UK, but picked up the superbug after a sexual encounter with a woman in south-east Asia. Public Health England says it is the first time the infection cannot be cured with first choice antibiotics.
Health officials are now tracing any other sexual partners of the man, who has not been identified, in an attempt to contain the infection’s spread.
The main antibiotic treatment — a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone — has failed to treat the disease.
This is also the course of treatment recommended by the CDC in the US, although:
Treatment of patients with gonorrhea with the most effective therapy will limit the transmission of gonorrhea, prevent complications, and likely will slow emergence of resistance. However, resistance to cephalosporins, including ceftriaxone, is expected to emerge. Reinvestment in gonorrhea prevention and control is warranted. New treatment options for gonorrhea are urgently needed.
That was 2012. Didn’t take long for the bug to evolve resistance, did it?