The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported rising rates of gonorrhea and mutant strains of “super gonorrhea”. The latter is caused by bacteria resistant to traditional antibiotic drug treatments.
The organization believes the current coronavirus pandemic may have worsened the problem. Firstly, because regular STI screening services have been disrupted.
Secondly, experts say that the overuse of antibiotics to try and treat the symptoms of COVID-19 may also have increased the spread of “super gonorrhea.”
A WHO spokesperson told The Sun, “Overuse of antibiotics in the community can fuel the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in gonorrhea. Azithromycin – a common antibiotic for treating respiratory infections – was used for Covid-19 treatment earlier in the epidemic.”
“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.
“Such a situation can fuel the emergence of resistance in gonorrhea including gonorrhea superbug (super gonorrhea) or gonorrhea with high-level resistance to current antibiotics recommended to treat it.”