UK’s chief medical officer warns Gonorrhoea could eventually become untreatable

UK’s chief medical officer warns Gonorrhoea could eventually become untreatable

The chief medical officer of the UK has issued a warning that one of the oldest sexually transmittable diseases in the world is likely to eventually become untreatable. The BBC reported that Dame Sally Davies said that Gonorrhoea may become untreatable, and has written to pharmacies and GPs to make sure they prescribe the right drugs for it.

She became concerned about the disease after cases of ‘super-gonorrhoea’ emerged in Leeds previously this year.

Dame Davies wrote, “Gonorrhoea is at risk of becoming an untreatable disease due to the continuing emergence of antimicrobial resistance. It is therefore extremely important that suboptimal treatment does not occur”. She added that there are many patients who are also not getting the correct antibiotics required to clear the infection.

A study by Public Health England (PHE) disclosed that doctors have been still prescribing the antibiotic ciprofloxacin for the disease, though the antibiotic hasn’t been since 2005.

Study lead author Dr. Gwenda Hughes said that they were aware that gonorrhoea is resistant to numerous antibiotics and also develop resistance very rapidly to new antibiotics also. The author said that the issue was obviously that in case people will keep on prescribing the wrong antibiotics, the patient won’t get the effective treatment ever.

PHE also discovered 16 cases of the super strain that is resistant to the antibiotic called azithromycin, which is among the few antibiotics known for the disease treatment.

According to a report from the UPI, England's chief medical officer has warned that gonorrhoea may become untreatable due to a highly drug-resistant strain of the infection. England's chief medical officer, Dr. Sally Davies, sent a letter to all general practitioners and pharmacies urging them to prescribe correct drugs to combat the drug-resistant strain.

"Gonorrhoea is at risk of becoming an untreatable disease due to the continuing emergence of antimicrobial resistance," Davies wrote in the letter, co-signed by England's chief pharmaceutical officer, Dr. Keith Ridge. "Gonorrhoea has rapidly acquired resistance to new antibiotics, leaving few alternatives to the current recommendations. It is therefore extremely important that suboptimal treatment does not occur."

Gonorrhoea is at risk of becoming untreatable, England's chief medical officer has warned. Dame Sally Davies has written to all GPs and pharmacies to make sure they are giving out the correct drugs after the rise of a highly drug-resistant strain of the disease in Leeds. The strain, which is resistant to the antibiotic azithromycin, was first reported in March but spread and has also affected patients in Macclesfield, Oldham and Scunthorpe, told the DailyMail.

The AOL notes that, there were almost 35,000 cases of gonorrhoea reported in England last year and it is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK after chlamydia, with the majority of cases affecting people under the age of 25.

Infected patients may experience discharge or pain while urinating, but around 10% of men and almost half of women do not suffer any symptoms.