A British man with a highly resistant gonorrhea has been successfully treated, but officials warn that similar cases are expected.
Public Health England (PHE) said last month that the patient had a normal female partner in the UK but had contracted it after having had sexual contact with a woman in Southeast Asia.
A detailed analysis of his infection showed that the last antibiotic can work, and since then he has been treated with ertapenem.
It is believed that this is the first time in the world that the infection cannot be treated with the preferred antibiotic.
Dr. Gwenda Hughes, head of the PHE STD Department, said: “We are pleased to report that cases of multidrug-resistant gonorrhea have been successfully treated.
“The survey also showed that the infection did not spread further in the UK.”
The man visited sexual health services in early 2018 but tried to treat the failure with the recommended treatment (a combination of antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone) in an attempt to get rid of sexually transmitted infections.
PHE reported that the patient was successfully treated after three days of intravenous antibiotics ertapenem.
The male British partner tested negative for the infection.
Dr Hughes said: “Two similar cases have just been reported in Australia and serve as a timely reminder that we expect to see further cases of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea in the future.
“These cases will be challenging for healthcare professionals to manage.
“We urge the public to avoid consistent and correct use of condoms with all new and accidental partners so as to avoid the development or spread of gonorrhea.
“If you think you are in danger, you should seek sexually transmitted infection screening at a sexual health clinic.”
Gonorrhea may cause infertility, if left untreated, and is known to cause symptoms including abnormal discharge and inflammation.