New strain of extensively drug-resistant gonorrhea identified in Austria

(ORDO NEWS) — European scientists report that they have recently identified a new strain of extensively drug-resistant gonorrhea. An Austrian man contracted “supergonorrhea” while traveling in Cambodia, researchers say.

Austrian man feels symptoms of gonorrhea after unprotected intercourse with Cambodian sex worker

The growth of supergonorrhea is unabated. This bacterial infection is usually treated with two widely used antibiotics: azithromycin and ceftriaxone.

However, it appears that more and more strains of bacteria are developing resistance to these drugs, forcing healthcare professionals to turn to other treatments.

In a new study published in the journal Eurosurveillance , scientists reported a strain of gonorrhea with extremely high levels of resistance to azithromycin, as well as resistance to ceftriaxone, cefixime, cefotaxime, ciprofloxacin and tetracycline.

Man from Austria

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In April 2022, a 50-year-old Austrian reportedly went to a urologist with symptoms of gonorrhea. Five days earlier, he had had unprotected intercourse with a sex worker in Cambodia.

The analysis showed that the man was infected with gonorrhea, but this multidrug-resistant strain had not previously been reported.

The standard antibiotics prescribed to the patient, although they eased the symptoms, did not rid him of the infection.

Medical workers had to conduct a series of tests to find out which drugs the strain is sensitive to. They eventually settled on amoxicillin and clavulanic acid, which proved to be effective.

The Cambodian sex worker was not contacted by the researchers.

This is a warning sign

Gonorrhea is the second most common sexually transmitted infection after chlamydia. Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes gonorrhea, has continued to develop resistance to various antibiotics since the 1930s. Now researchers fear that in the future, without new drugs, this infection may become incurable.

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