Health officials in England report investigating two antibiotic resistant gonorrhea cases. The cases show similar resistance patterns to the antibiotics (ceftriaxone and azithromycin) that are used as the first line treatment for gonorrhea.


Both patients are heterosexual females with one case acquired in Europe and the other has links to Europe but was acquired in the UK.

Investigations are actively looking for any links between these 2 cases to determine if they may be connected.

A case of resistant gonorrhea was acquired in South East Asia by a UK national in 2018. The type of resistance seen in these 2 cases is different and therefore unrelated.

Highly resistant gonorrhea case treated successfully with ertapenem

Dr Nick Phin, Deputy Director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, said:

Although these 2 cases of extensively resistant gonorrhea have been successfully treated, contact tracing is underway to ensure there is no onward spread. This is a timely reminder of the importance of avoiding getting or passing on gonorrhea.

Everyone can substantially reduce their risk by using condoms consistently and correctly with all new and casual partners. Anyone who thinks they may have been at risk of getting an STI should seek an STI screen at a sexual health clinic.

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