A man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured.
Sexual health doctors say he was “very lucky” and the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”.
He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a British partner.
It was the first-ever case of the infection being incurable with first choice antibiotics, but now two similar cases have been reported in Australia.
The main antibiotic treatment – a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone – failed to treat the disease.
A detailed analysis of his infection suggested one last antibiotic might work and he has since been treated with ertapenem.
Dr Gwenda Hughes, the head of sexually-transmitted infections at Public Health England, said: “We are pleased to report that the case of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea has been successfully treated.”
The public health body launched an investigation to track down any further cases – including in his British partner – but says the superbug has not spread in the UK.
Discussions between Public Health England, the World Health Organization and the European Centres for Disease Control agreed this was the most serious case of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea ever detected.