An unnamed man from England became infected with what medical experts refer to as “Super Gonorrhea” after reportedly engaging in a one-night stand with a woman in Southeast Asia.
The infected Englishman reportedly has the world’s first ever recorded case of the new strain of super gonorrhea which has been found to be resistant to both ceftriaxone and azithromycin, CNN reports.
According to Public Health England, those are the two crucial antibiotics prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to patients infected with the sexually transmitted disease (STD). About two years ago, WHO had warned that the STD has the potential to eventually become immune to antibiotics.
PHE has since issued an alert regarding the possible spread of the bug that currently has no effective treatment. In its report, the government-run agency stated that it has now formed an incident management team to investigate and assist in containing the spread of the super-bug.
The man, who discovered his infection earlier this year while at sexual health services, was engaging in regular sexual intercourse with a female in the U.K. However, he reportedly contacted the super gonorrhea after having a one-off encounter with another woman in an unspecified Southeast Asian country.
Symptoms of the nasty infection include a burning sensation when urinating and unusual discharge from the penis or vagina. It can cause serious health problems if left untreated, such as long-term abdominal pain and pelvic inflammatory disease, which could lead to ectopic pregnancy and infertility.
His gonorrhea symptoms reportedly manifested a month after the sexual encounter with the woman. It was not reported whether the Asian woman already had the super gonorrhea, or if it only mutated inside the man.
After the patient underwent treatment using ceftriaxone and spectinomycin, his laboratory tests revealed that while the bug was highly resistant to azithromycin and ceftriaxone, it was at least susceptible to spectinomycin.
He is currently receiving daily injections of another antibiotic called ertapenem and is scheduled to be tested again by mid-April.
As a preventive measure to keep the infection from spreading, the health officials have been tracing any sexual partners to the man. His regular partner in the U.K. has so far tested negative, but will be getting follow up tests.