Please don’t clap

So it’s finally come to this:

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?

11 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    29 March 2018 · 11:39 am

    *crosses legs*

    (Not that I have too much to worry about; my dance-card or whatever the 2018 equivalent is is emptier than….well, something that’s surpassingly empty.)

    But still: YIKES.

  2. McGehee »

    29 March 2018 · 12:43 pm

    What do you call gonorrhea that won’t get gone?

  3. fillyjonk »

    29 March 2018 · 12:52 pm

    Stayorrhea?

  4. Holly H »

    29 March 2018 · 2:00 pm

    haha! Yeah, it’s a good time to be an old folk.

    Except for all those other MRSA’s that will get me, when I fall and break a hip. Oh well……

  5. McGehee »

    29 March 2018 · 2:38 pm

    Makes sense, fj — but what does that make diarrhea?

  6. fillyjonk »

    29 March 2018 · 3:36 pm

    If it gets bad enough, you want to die?

  7. McGehee »

    29 March 2018 · 4:43 pm

    You’re 2 for 2.

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  9. Fred Z »

    29 March 2018 · 6:24 pm

    I expect the return of the evolutionary necessity of chastity.

    Once again, parents will be requiring medical reports on proposed spouses before spending any money on marriages.

    “In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.” G. K. Chesterton

    We tore down the chastity fence with no idea at all of why it was there.

  10. Roger O Green »

    30 March 2018 · 8:40 am

    Fred Z may be correct – Hep C, diseases from oral sex, especially with multiple partners. I think it’s God’s little joke to make sex so much fun

  11. nightfly »

    30 March 2018 · 12:19 pm

    All these more-or-less intelligent replies, and all I can do is sit at my desk and hum “One Night in Bangkok” to myself.

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