A UK man has had the displeasure of discovering that a one-night stand has left him with a singularly unique problem. Doctors have told him that his is the "worst-ever" case of super gonorrhoea ever seen by medical professionals (ever). The man, whose identity has not been revealed as doctors race to try and find any other sexual partners of his, caught the bug from a woman in South East Asia despite having a regular sexual partner back in the UK.
Doctors and health officials are now trying to trace the man’s sexual partners in a bid to contain the disease’s spread. It’s not uncommon for entire epidemics to be caused by a single patient, with numerous outbreaks being traced back to a single ‘patient zero’. Interestingly, the term ‘patient zero’ was coined to describe Gaëtan Dugas who was mistakenly believed to be the sole person responsible for bringing AIDS to the US. This was not true, and scientists have since worked hard to dismantle the false belief that only one person was behind the AIDS outbreaks. Nonetheless, many large outbreaks such as Cholera, Ebola, and Typhoid can all be tracked to a small handful of individuals. For this reason, it is essential that the current case of super gonorrhoea be contained and further infection prevented.
English man catches SUPER GONORRHOEA after a one-night stand with a woman in south east Asia https://t.co/F4ZQwr23LZ— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) March 28, 2018
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease that causes symptoms such as burning during urination, vaginal discharge and bleeding, and testicular pain. If it is not treated it can spread to joints and heart valves and cause complications such as skin pustules, septic arthritis, meningitis, and endocarditis. It can also be transmitted from mothers to their unborn children.
Frighteningly, Gonorrhoea has developed resistance to medication at an alarming rate. The disease has increasingly required more and more antibiotics to treat as over time it has evolved to be able to deal with the threat to its existence. Officials have been concerned for a while now that the disease may suddenly turn into an epidemic if we lose our ability to effectively treat it. Where drugs such as Penicillin, tetracycline, and fluoroquinolones used to work they are no longer effective. So far, the disease has always responded to higher and higher doses of cefixime but this case in the UK represents the first time that the disease has proven immune to this particular antibiotic.
If you're having a bad day take solace in the fact you ain't this guy.https://t.co/GWVxobTym8— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) March 28, 2018
The president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV told reporters,
“The emergence of this new strain of highly resistant gonorrhoea is of huge concern and is a significant development.
“We are concerned that the problem will worsen due to the dramatic cuts that have been delivered to the public health budget.
“Worryingly this has left sexual health services at 'tipping point', with clinic closures coming at the worst possible time.”