TWO women have been infected with super-gonorrhoea, prompting health officials to warn of the importance of practising safe sex.
Public Health England said one of the women acquired the infection in Europe and the other in the UK. Doctors are trying to establish if the cases are linked.
Super-gonorrhoea is a drug-resistant strain of the sexually transmitted disease. Both women have now been treated and cured.
Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, said: ‘Although these two cases of extensively resistant gonorrhoea have been successfully treated, contact tracing is under way to ensure there is no onward spread. This is a timely reminder of the importance of avoiding getting or passing on gonorrhoea.
‘Everyone can substantially reduce their risk by using condoms consistently and correctly with all new and casual partners.’
Gonorrhoea is spread by unprotected sex. It is usually treated with the antibiotics ceftriaxone and azithromycin but in these two cases the bacterium (pictured) was resistant to the normal drugs.
Last year it was revealed that a British man had contracted the world’s ‘worst ever case’ of super-gonorrhoea after having sex with a woman in south-east Asia.