Super Gonorrhea May Be Spreading

As far as we know, a newly discovered antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea has not come to the U.S. yet. But one could easily argue that, as far as we know, it is already here. Given our lax to non-existent border policy, it is only a matter of time.

LiveScience.com reports, “New Drug-Resistant Strain of Gonorrhea in Australia.”

A new strain of the sexually transmitted disease gonorThis strain of gonorrhea bacteria, called A8806, was discovered in late 2013 in a European woman who was traveling in Australia. The woman went to a sexual health clinic because she was experiencing vaginal discharge, and tested positive for gonorrhea. The week before, the woman had had sex with a new partner, who was also a European traveler, the report said.

Researchers are concerned about this bacteria strain because they do not know how common it is, and whether it is present in other countries around the world, said David Whiley, an infectious disease researcher at the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, who worked on the woman’s case and wrote the report with his colleagues.