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Dangers of super gonorrhoea from infertility to blindness as global warning issued

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A new strain of super gonorrhoea has been reported after an Austrian man had unprotected sex with a Cambodian sex worker. What makes this strain so worrying is that it is resistant to most antibiotics commonly used to treat the infection, scientists have warned.

Adding to this risk, experts have cited that if multidrug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea keep spreading, many cases of the STD might become untreatable.This was highlighted in a study published recently in the medical journal Eurosurveillance, part of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.The disease is caused by the bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae.The infection is spread by unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex.Lead author of the report, Dr Sonja Pleininger of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, said such a strain “poses a major global public health threat”.“If such strains manage to establish a sustained transmission, many gonorrhoea cases might become untreatable,” she added.The unidentified Austrian man in his 50s complained of unusual symptoms five days after his sexual encounter.

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