Is South East Asia a hotbed for ‘Super-Gonorrhoea’?

Two people in Australia are the latest to be diagnosed with so-called ‘Super Gonorrhoea’. The two separate cases were reported last month, one in Queensland and the other in Western Australia. One of the individuals is believed to have contracted the infection during a trip to South East Asia.

The diagnoses have come to light following the news we brought you last week, regarding a UK citizen with the ‘world’s worst case of Gonorrhoea’. The British man’s condition has so far proved ‘resistant to dual first-line therapy’ following an unsuccessful course of antibiotics. He also caught the infection in South East Asia, which the Daily Mail described as a ‘hotbed for sex tourism and antibiotic resistance’ to Gonorrhoea.

First-line treatments prove ineffective against case of ‘Super-Gonorrhoea’

Public Health England (PHE) have published a report on the world’s first strain of Gonorrhoea that has proved ‘resistant to the recommended dual first-line therapy’. The case concerns a heterosexual man who had a sexual encounter whilst travelling in South East Asia. He attended a sexual health appointment in the UK earlier this year, where he was prescribed a combination of antibiotics. His test-of-cure revealed that this had failed to fully clear the infection, and the STI remained in his throat.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of STIs at PHE, said: “This is the first time a case has displayed such high-level resistance to both of these drugs and to most other commonly used antibiotics.”

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