SODOM & GOMORRAH: The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a new strain of drug resistant gonorrhea that’s quickly spreading across the globe. Governments and doctors are advised to help people make sure their partners aren’t dealing from the bottom of the deck.
WHO reports that drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted disease are appearing in Australia, France, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and several other countries. A strain of gonorrhea appeared in Japan in 2008 which was immune to all recommended antibiotics and has been quickly spreading ever since. Unless the disease is caught and treated early, patients may quickly run out of medical options.
Gonorrhea is the most common STD after chlamydia, spreading to more than 106 million people each year around the world. In 2010, the CDC states that 309,341 cases of gonorrhea were reported in the United States, roughly half of the actual number of infected people. Without adequate precautions, there could be no option for people infected with the super disease. WHO is calling for expanded research into new antimicrobial agents in hopes of finding a drug to treat the strain.
Gonorrhea has already adapted to penicillin, tetracyclines, and quinolones. Health officials warn that the spread of low-potency over the counter antibiotics in Asia and the incredible adaptability of the disease mean that the STD is becoming more and more dangerous.