Man Contracts Worst Known Case Of Gonorrhea In The World

In what has proven to be both a cautionary tale, and a microcosm of the wider public health crisis posed by antibiotic resistance, it’s being reported that a man in the UK has contracted the world’s worst case of super-gonorrhea.

According to BBC News, the man – who has a regular partner in the UK – contracted the drug-resistant infection through a sexual encounter with a woman in South East Asia earlier this year. He was given a range of commonly used antibiotics, as well as a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone which, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the last recommended effective treatment option for uncomplicated gonorrhea.

It didn’t work, and, according to Public Health England, the European Centres for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (WHO), this is the first ever case wherein the superbug displayed such high-level resistance to these treatments.

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