A man in the U.K. has contracted what is being called the “worst-ever” case of “super-gonorrhea.” This venereal disease appears to be the first instance in which the infection can’t be treated with common antibiotics, according to public health officials.
The man, who has not been named, likely picked up the STI after having sexual contact with a woman in Southeast Asia last year. He apparently began showing symptoms one month later and attended sexual health services in England in early 2018. Check the full story after the jump
Health officials have tried targeting the man’s disease with the antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone, but with no success. They’ve turned to a different drug called ertapenem, which has also been used to prevent infections after colon and rectal surgery. Ertapenem appears to be effective now, and the man will be tested again in April to see if it’s still working.