latest victim had one regular partner in the UK, but picked up the
superbug after a sexual encounter with a woman in south-east Asia: the
land of cheap sex.
Health England says it is the first time the infection cannot be cured
with first choice antibiotics.
officials are now tracing any other sexual partners of the man, who has
not been identified, in an attempt to contain the infection's spread.
picked up the infection earlier in the year.
main antibiotic treatment - a combination of azithromycin and
ceftriaxone - has failed to treat the disease.
Gwenda Hughes, from Public Health England, 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."
with the World Health Organization and the European Centres for Disease
Control agree this is a bad thing that Match.com, Tinder and OK Cupid
will only be making worse.
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disease is caused by the bacterium called
infection is spread by unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex.
those infected, about one in 10 heterosexual men and more than
three-quarters of women, and gay men, have no easily recognisable
symptoms can include a thick green or yellow discharge from sexual
organs, pain when urinating and bleeding between periods.
infection can lead to infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and can
be passed on to a child during pregnancy.
Hughes added: "We are following up this case to ensure that the
infection was effectively treated with other options and the risk of any
onward transmission is minimised."
have long been warning this could happen.
was an outbreak of azithromycin-resistant gonorrhoea centred on Leeds.
fear is the bug could eventually become untreatable by any antibiotic.
Olwen Williams, the president of the British Association for Sexual
Health and HIV said: "The emergence of this new strain of highly
resistant gonorrhoea is of huge concern and is a significant
are concerned that the problem will worsen due to the dramatic cuts that
have been delivered to the public health budget.
this has left sexual health services at 'tipping point', with clinic
closures coming at the worst possible time." "Go on-line and have your
penis fall off" could be the new motto of internet dating.