Gonorrhea "Superbug"

Experts fret that the new strain could spark a global health epidemic.

By Stephen Spencer Davis


Some scary news on the STD front.

Scientists have discovered a “superbug” strain of gonorrhea in Japan that is resistant to all antibiotics currently used to fight the sexually transmitted disease, Reuters reports.

Researchers worry that the strain, called H041, could transform the easily treated infection into a global health threat, and say that it has already proven resistant to the only antibiotics that are still effective in treating gonorrhea.

One of the researcher’s who discovered the strain called it both “alarming” and "predictable.”

"Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it," said the researcher, Magnus Unemo.

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