I shouldn’t laugh. It’s not funny. But the new strain of gonorrhea is being dubbed “super-gonorrhea” and it just makes me think of a deadly, disgusting ball of slime that slithers around in a super-cape.
Anyway, now that I have put my overactive imagination to rest, here is the real deal: doctors are struggling to treat a strain of the sexually transmitted disease going round and this is causing huge concerns.
The highly drug-resistant strain of the sexually transmitted superbug might become untreatable if the only fully effective antibiotic treatment remaining fails, experts have said.
It seems our reliance on antibiotics have made us gradually resistant to the medication; the warning about super-gonorrhea coming hot on the heels of Chancellor George Osborne warning that resistance to antibiotics will become “an even greater threat to mankind than cancer” if global action is not taken.
Public Health England has said an increase in cases of super-gonorrhoea was a “further sign of the very real threat of antibiotic resistance to our ability to treat infections.”
PHE president, Dr Elizabeth Carlin, told the BBC: “The spread of high-level azithromycin-resistant gonorrhoea is a huge concern and it is essential that every effort is made to contain further spread.
“Failure to respond appropriately will jeopardise our ability to treat gonorrhoea effectively and will lead to poorer health outcomes for individuals and society as a whole.”
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