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UK doctors try to treat severe case of super gonorrhea

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) – A man in the United Kingdom has contracted one of the most severe cases of super gonorrhea, according to the BBC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes “super gonorrhea,” also known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae, as resistant to treatment with antibiotic drug prescription.

U.K. public health officials are now trying to contact other partners the man was with in an effort to contain the spread of the infection. Health professionals as well as the World Health Organization and the European Centers for Disease Control believe that this case is the most resistant they have seen, according to the BBC.

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea

The report also states that doctors are attempting to use one last antibiotic to see if it might work.

This increase in drug-resistant gonorrhea was studied and reported on by the World Health Organization in July 2017. WHO looked at data from 77 countries and concluded that human resistance antibiotics were making it more difficult to treat the infection. WHO estimates nearly 78 million people are infected with gonorrhea each year.

Young people account for a substantial proportion of new STIs. Americans ages 15 to 24 account for 70% of the 820,000 gonorrhea infections among all ages; 63% of the 2.9 million chlamydia infections among all ages; 49% of the 14.1 million HPV infections among all ages; 45% of the 776,000 genital herpes infections among all ages; and 20% of the 55,400 syphilis infections among all ages. Finally, Americans ages 13 to 24 account for 26% of the 47,500 HIV infections among all ages.

"The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them," Dr. Teodora Wi, medical officer, human reproduction at WHO, said in a statement. "These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries where gonorrhea is actually more common."

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