TWO British women caught “super gonorrhoea” as a result of steamy Ibiza sex sessions.
One was the first to catch the virulent drug-resistant strain while in the UK.
Oxford Scientific RM – Getty Two British women caught ‘super gonorrhoea’ as a result of steamy Ibiza sex sessions, health chiefs have said
Health chiefs have now confirmed she picked it up after having unprotected sex with a man who had recently returned from the Balearic party island.
Experts say a second woman also contracted the superbug after sleeping with more than one Brit without using a condom, while holidaying in Spain.First cases ‘linked’
Officials think the cases, first reported in January, are linked through a common “sexual network”.
Researchers said the spread “was based around exposure in Ibiza. The common link is people who are having unportected sex on holiday”.
Public Health England say gonorrhoea – Britain’s second most common STI which often shows no symptoms – is normally successfully killed off with drugs.
But the two women’s cases sparked concern because they were resistant to the two first line antibiotics typically used to treat it.
Both have been cured.
Fears super STIs will spread
However, officials are concerns the sex bug has the “potential to spread” in Europe.
They are also reminding Brits to use a condom with all new and casual partners to prevent infection.
Writing in the journal Eurosurveillance, Oxford University researcher Dr David Eyre said: “As the transmission between our cases is likely to have occurred between UK residents visiting Ibiza, a well-known European party destination, there is a risk that further undetected transmission has occurred.”
Dr Nick Phin, Deputy Director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England, said: “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.
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“This includes using condoms consistently and correctly with all new and casual sexual partners.
“It is also important to tell all sexual partners if you contract an STI, which your clinician can help with and can be done anonymously.
“We have introduced enhanced monitoring of gonorrhoea antimicrobial resistance to ensure all cases are identified promptly to help reduce further spread.
“While cases are currently very rare, we have alerted and encourage European public health agencies and sexual health clinicians to be aware that this gonorrhoea strain has the potential to spread in Europe.”
What are the symptoms of gonorrhoea?The signs of a gonorrhoea infection can vary between men and women.
In women, symptoms can often include unusually watery or off-colour vaginal discharge, as well as burning pain when urinating.
Less common symptoms in women include pain in the lower gut and bleeding between periods or after sex.
In men, symptoms can include an unusual discharge from the penis, burning after urinating, swelling in the foreskin and, in rare cases, pain in the testicles.
Normally, it takes a couple of weeks from infection for the symptoms to emerge – although it can take a few months longer in some cases.
However, around one tenth of men and half of women have the disease without any symptoms, which can mean it goes longer without being treated.