Two Cases Of 'Super Gonorrhoea' In The UK Linked To Ibiza

Two woman who have contracted 'super gonorrhoea' - a strain of the sexually transmitted infection that is resistant to antibiotics - have been linked to unprotected sex in Ibiza, according to health researchers.

One of the women became the first person to contract the strain on UK soil.

According to the health officials, the first woman had unprotected sex with a man who had recently returned from a holiday on the Spanish party island, whereas the second woman managed to catch the superbug after having sex with more than one British man whilst holidaying in Ibiza herself.

These latest cases, which came to light in January, are linked together and have fuelled fears that the super-resistant strain of gonorrhoea could spread rapidly through Europe.

Partygoers in Ibiza. Credit: PA
Partygoers in Ibiza. Credit: PA

Basically, if you don't want to catch this, all you have to do is take the requisite precautions and practise safe sex. That should stop the disease spreading any further than it has already.

Oh, and it's also important to tell your other partners about any STIs that you may have. That's because it's the right thing to do, but also so that they can seek treatment and stop the spread of such infections.

Both of the aforementioned women have since been cured of the infection, thankfully.

The researchers discovered that this particular outbreak was 'based around exposure in Ibiza'.

They said: "The common link is people who are having unprotected sex on holiday."

If you're safe, you've nothing to fear. Credit: PA
If you're safe, you've nothing to fear. Credit: PA

Since then, the UK-based team have shared their information with their counterparts across Europe.

Dr Nick Phil, the Deputy Director of Public Health England's National Infection Service, told The Sun: "Two women were treated for extensively drug resistant gonorrhoea in the autumn of 2018.

"These cases serve as a reminder of the importance of protecting yourself against sexually transmitted infections.

"This includes using condoms consistently and correctly with all new and casual sexual partners."

It's not just limited to the Balearic Islands, either. Last March a guy returned from South East Asia with a seriously bad case of super gonorrhoea. In fact, it was described at the time as the 'worst ever' case that had been seen.

Honestly, just use a condom. Credit: PA
Honestly, just use a condom. Credit: PA

At the time, Public Health England said that they tried to treat it with front line antibiotics, but the infection was resistant. He's since been cured.

Gonorrhoea is the second most common sexually transmitted infection in Great Britain. Annoyingly, it's ordinarily really easily treatable.

Symptoms can include thick green or yellow discharge from the vagina or penis, as well as pain whilst urinating, and bleeding between periods in women.

Most of the reported cases affect people under the age of 25.

Protect yourself, people.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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