Those outside monogamous relationships may want to beware that a new superbug has arrived on the scene to spoil your indecencies.
Scientists have found the first “superbug” strain of gonorrhea — a discovery they’re calling “both alarming and predictable.” Found in Japan, the H041 strain is resistant to the class of antibiotics, called cephalosporins, commonly used to treat the STD. This could “transform a once easily treatable infection into a global public health threat,” reports Reuters. Gonorrhea has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics for several years now, and the percentage of cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea cases in the U.S. is on the rise, according to the CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
- Scientists Discover Strain of ‘Super Gonorrhea’ (abcnews.go.com)
- Gonorrhea superbug? Scientists fear spread of antibiotic-resistant strain (cbsnews.com)
- Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea and the future of oral sex (boingboing.net)
- Bad bug: Gonorrhea strain resists all drugs (msnbc.msn.com)