The days of easy gonorrhea treatment may be gone. Researchers in Japan have discovered a superbug strain of the infection, dubbed H104, which is resistant to all the usual treatments. Left untreated, scientists fear it could lead to a global health threat.
Could gonorrhea be the super disease that kills us all? Death by sex?
A bacterial infection, gonorrhea has been easily treated with antibiotics for decades. But, over time, it has developed resistance to these drugs. “Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it,” explains Magnus Unem, one of the researchers who discovered the new strain, in a Reuters story.
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