World Health Organization warns against new super gonorrhea strain

Here's some scary news that almost makes me never want to have sex again: the World Health Organization is warning against a new "super" strain of gonorrhea!

It's like an enhanced version of gonorrhea, which has proven to be resistant to the disease's only remaining treatment, cephalosporin antibiotics, and has officials warning doctors all around the world to do everything they can to help stop the spread of the disease.


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The scariest thing, for me, is that not only are women being affected worldwide, but also that the antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection has led to some pretty bad consequences for mothers and would-be mothers, such as "inflammation, infertility, pregnancy complications and, in extreme cases, lead to maternal death." Not only that, though: babies born to moms who have gonorrhea "have a 50 percent chance of developing eye infections that may cause blindness."

That's why Dr. Manjula Lusti-Narasimhan, a scientist in the WHO's department of sexually transmitted diseases, is so concerned, saying:

This organism has basically been developing resistance against every medication we've thrown at it. In a couple of years it will have become resistant to every treatment option we have available now. It's not a European problem or an African problem, it's really a worldwide problem.

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Basically, what all of this comes down to is that the disease is "now close to becoming a super bug" thanks to the overuse or incorrect use of antibiotics along with the bacteria's "astonishing ability to adapt." I hope that the world's doctors start to take it more seriously and listen to the World Health Organization's warnings to "increase surveillance efforts" for the disease. It's something that no woman, and no mother, should ever have to worry about getting or passing on to her kids.

What do you think about WHO's warning to doctors to help stop the spread of super gonorrhea? Are you afraid about it becoming the next super bug? Share with us in the comments below!

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Topics: health care  sexual health