Spread Of Super Gonorrhea In Nairobi Raises Fear

‘Super gonorrhea’, Basically,  Known as ‘gonorrhea superbug,’ are extensively drug-resistant gonorrhea with high-level resistance to the current recommended treatment for gonorrhea (ceftriaxone and azithromycin) including resistance to penicillin, sulphonamides, tetracycline, fluoroquinolones, macrolides.

Gonorrhea “superbug” had been reported by several countries including France, Japan and Spain, and this year also in UK and Australia.

Kenya, particularly Nairobi county has been reported as the black spot for super gonorrhea, with Kenyans warned to take care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the overuse of antibiotics to treat the coronavirus has resulted in the more rapid spread of a type of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea.

Graphical illustration of the Coronavirus. Image: Curtesy

According to a report by The Sun, WHO says that those ‘unnecessarily’ partaking the antibiotics have caused the sexually transmitted infection (STI) to find a new way to thrive and become resistant to the antibiotic, according to The Sun.

“Overuse of antibiotics in the community can fuel the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhea,” by killing off forms of the infection that are vulnerable to the drug, and creating a survival-of-the -fittest environment for variants of the bacterium that are immune to the drug’s  effects to thrive in,” a WHO spokesperson clarified.

A graphical illustration of Super Gonorrhea Infection. Image: Curtesy

One reason the new strain is blowing up is because most people aren’t going to the hospital unless they come down with Covid-19 symptoms. Instead they’re self-medicating, meaning, that doctors aren’t catching this disease in time, the WHO spokesperson suggests.

“During the pandemic, STI services have also been disrupted. This means more STI cases are not diagnosed properly with more people self-medicating as a result,” WWHO also says.

Even though the new Super Gonorrhea has significantly no symptoms, the general symptoms are:

  • Pain during urination.
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain.
  • Rectal itching, bleeding, or discharge.
  • Pain during bowel movements.
  • Eye pain and discharge.
  • Sore throat.
  • Swollen glands in the neck.
  • Stiff and painful joints.


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