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Health & Fit An antibiotic-resistant strain of 'super gonorrhea' is spreading around the globe

18:16  17 may  2018
18:16  17 may  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com

The crisis of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is worsening and we are all at risk

  The crisis of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is worsening and we are all at risk The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 2 million illnesses per year in the United States are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A soldier is wounded by a roadside bomb. His serious injuries are survivable, but the wound is infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the soldier dies from the infection. A severely premature infant is growing and gaining strength, but she gets a drug-resistant lung infection that spreads to her blood and she dies. A fit teenager gets a cut on a hike.

' Super gonorrhea ' is spreading . Super gonorrhea doesn't respond to the antibiotics normally used to treat the disease. Other antibiotic - resistant superbugs are spreading around the world.

An antibiotic - resistant strain of ' super gonorrhea ' is spreading around the globe . Super gonorrhea doesn't respond to the antibiotics normally used to treat the disease. Other antibiotic - resistant superbugs are spreading around the world.

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  • The first three cases of 'super gonorrhea' were recorded earlier this year.
  • Super gonorrhea doesn't respond to the antibiotics normally used to treat the disease.
  • Other antibiotic-resistant superbugs are spreading around the world.

A strain of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea has arrived — the first three cases were recorded between February and April of this year. 

Two Australian men and one British man contracted the sexually transmitted infection in Southeast Asia, likely after engaging in unprotected sex, according to the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC). The 'super gonorrhea' strain, a bug called Neisseria gonorrhoeae, is highly difficult to treat given its resistance to the antibiotics that are often used to treat the infection.

Global use of antibiotics soars as resistance crisis worsens

  Global use of antibiotics soars as resistance crisis worsens The change was largely driven by a dramatic increase in low-income and middle-income countries, researchers found In recent years, antibiotic resistance has risen to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. Yet despite this growing health crisis, new research shows worldwide use of antibiotics skyrocketed between 2000 and 2015, largely driven by dramatic increases in low-income and middle-income countries.An international team of researchers conducted the study, which found that antibiotic consumption rates soared 39 percent over the course of the 15-year period. Worldwide, usage increased from 11.

The first three cases of ‘ super gonorrhea ‘ were recorded earlier this year. Super gonorrhea doesn’t respond to the antibiotics normally used to treat the disease. Other antibiotic - resistant superbugs are spreading around the world.

The first three cases of ' super gonorrhea ' were recorded earlier this year. Super gonorrhea doesn't respond to the antibiotics normally used to treat the disease. Other antibiotic - resistant superbugs are spreading around the world.

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that's the second most commonly diagnosed STI in the world. Symptoms include painful urination and abnormal discharge in both women and men, as well as painful or swollen testicles in men and lower abdomen pain and irregular menstruation in women. Some people, however, may carry gonorrhea without showing any symptoms. 

There was a total of 468,514 gonorrhea cases in the US alone in 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control

Gonorrhea is normally treated with one of two commonly used antibiotics: azithromycin or ceftriaxone. Getting treatment for the infection is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the disease, according to the ECDC. Leaving it untreated, however, can lead to serious complications like pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and increased risk of HIV transmission (not to mention the possibility of spreading it to other people). 

First Case Of Drug-Resistant Super Gonorrhea Emerges

  First Case Of Drug-Resistant Super Gonorrhea Emerges After experts warned drugs against gonorrhea were becoming ineffective, the first case of absolute resistance to first-line therapy has been reported in England.On 27 March 2018, the first case of a highly drug-resistant form of gonorrhea was reported in the UK. Public Health England issued a warning stating that a British man had been infected with a case of "super" gonorrhea, named as such because the bacteria had shown complete resistance to the recommended dual first-line therapy.

An antibiotic - resistant strain of ' super gonorrhea ' is spreading around the globe . Share. Tweet.

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The infected British man is now undergoing treatment with an experimental drug called ertapenem that's usually used to treat infections after colon and rectal surgery. He reportedly has a girlfriend back home in the UK, but his partner hasn't tested positive for the disease, reports National Geographic

FILE PHOTO: An Anopheles stephensi mosquito obtains a blood meal from a human host through its pointed proboscis in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 23, 2015. A known malarial vector, the species can found from Egypt all the way to China. REUTERS/Jim Gathany/CDC/Handout via Reuters © Provided by Business Insider FILE PHOTO: An Anopheles stephensi mosquito obtains a blood meal from a human host through its pointed proboscis in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 23, 2015. A known malarial vector, the species can found from Egypt all the way to China. REUTERS/Jim Gathany/CDC/Handout via Reuters The super gonorrhea is one of many diseases that's becoming increasingly able to resist traditional antibiotics. In some parts of Southeast Asia, mosquitoes carry a strain of malaria that's becoming more resistant to treatment. And in some cases, superbugs  — like MRSA, a type of staph infection — are untreatable, leaving doctors with few options for patients.

Man Contracts World's First Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Strain

  Man Contracts World's First Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Strain A man in the U.K. has reportedly been diagnosed with the world's first drug-resistant case of gonorrhea. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_560680e6-4571-459b-a51b-87e83e83e140").all(); }); (video provided by CBS) A British man has contracted a drug-resistant strain of "super gonorrhea" following a sexual encounter in Asia, according to reports Wednesday.Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the U.K.

One reason is that many antibiotics used to treat gonorrhea are used for other infections as well, and strains of gonorrhea are capable of A Worldwide Spread ? Indeed, though many of the reported cases of drug- resistant infections come from China, the problem is growing all around the world.

A super - resistant strain of gonorrhea has been reported in the United Kingdom following warnings from global “PHE actively monitors, and acts on, the spread of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhea and potential treatment “Here in the U.S. and around the globe , we have to take drug-resistant

Superbugs can also spread their genes to other bacteria as they evolve, according to the CDC. According to some studies, antibiotic-resistant bugs could lead to 10 million deaths by 2050 if doctors and policymakers cannot figure out a way to address the problem. 

Fears over drug-resistant infections have led to stricter regulations on feeding antibiotics to livestock and have spurred pharmaceutical companies and doctors to research novel approaches to treatment, though far more work is needed.

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Doctors have warned an emerging STI could become an antibiotic-resistant superbug .
<p>The bacteria is called Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), which can be treated with a five-day course of antibiotics, but it is increasingly becoming more resistant to different antibiotic drugs.</p><p></p>What makes it even worse is that doctors have warned the new infection could become a superbug — like MRSA — if it isn't treated properly.

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