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SEX WARNING: Doctors fear super-gonorrhoea will spread across the country

A HIGHLY drug-resistant type of super-gonorrhoea is spreading across the country, doctors have warned.


A powerful strain of the sexually transmitted superbug first seen in the north of England has now been found in the West Midlands and the south-east, Public Health England (PHE) said.

The strain is “highly resistant” to the antibiotic azithromycin, meaning medics are relying on a second drug, ceftriaxone, to treat it.

However, this drug is the doctors’ last chance as there are no other effective drugs to tackle the superbug.

Since September 2015, 11 cases have been confirmed in the West Midlands and in the south of England, five of which were in London.

The total number of cases confirmed in England, between November 2014 and April 2016 is 34.

Gonorrhoea can result in complications and lead to infertility or septicaemia in rare cases.

Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of PHE’s Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) section, said: “Fortunately, the current outbreak strain can still be treated with ceftriaxone.

“Nonetheless, we know that the bacterium that causes gonorrhoea can rapidly develop resistance to other antibiotics that are used for treatment, so we cannot afford to be complacent.

“If strains of gonorrhoea emerge that are resistant to both azithromycin and ceftriaxone treatment options would


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