Gonorrhea 'Superbug' Hits Australia
Expert warns of 'major public health concern'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2014 11:53 AM CDT
A powerful strain of gonorrhea is worrying experts in Australia.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Australia has encountered the most drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea the country has ever seen. The disease, detected in a central European tourist who reportedly contracted it in Sydney, is being called a "sex superbug" by the UK's Independent. While clinics in Australia and New Zealand are boosting their vigilance against gonorrhea, it's not the only area to suffer from resistant versions of the disease.

An untreatable strain appeared in Japan in 2009, the Australian Associated Press notes, via the Daily Mail, and Hawaii, California, and Norway have all seen drug-resistant strains of the illness. Gonorrhea has developed a reputation as a potentially antibiotic-resistant drug, the Independent notes; many drugs once used against it don't work anymore. "This is a major public health concern," says the president of the New Zealand Sexual Health Society. (Last year, an "incurable" strain of gonorrhea made its way to North America.)

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Professor59
Aug 27, 2014 12:54 PM CDT
See, this is exactly the reason I don't have sex any more. OK, the OTHER reason.
Veritas
Aug 27, 2014 12:28 PM CDT
Guess don't go to Aussie land and pick a Shelia.
Box1Car
Aug 26, 2014 11:23 PM CDT
Reminds me of a Far Side cartoon where a Teen asked his grandpa' about STDs as in What had they used to prevent spread of STDs> W/O looking up from his newspaper GrandPa replied, "Uuuhh, We used a Wedding Ring, ever hear of it?" DUH