Warning after woman is first to get super-gonorrhoea in UK

Health officials are warning of the first case of super-gonorrhoea contracted in the UK, following concern about the rise of drug-resistant sexually transmitted diseases around the world.

Last year, officials said a British man had contracted the “world’s worst ever” case of super-gonorrhoea after he had a sexual encounter with a woman in south-east Asia.

The latest case of the disease was acquired in the UK, however.

Public Health England (PHE) issued a warning about two cases, both involving heterosexual women living in Britain. One of the women appeared to have contracted the disease in Europe, officials said, but the other acquired it in the UK, although she also had links to Europe.

Both cases were resistant to standard drugs but had been successfully treated, with one patient having had to go on a drip. Officials said there was no evidence of links between the cases and previous sexual partners of both were being traced.

Dr Nick Phin, of the National Infection Service, said: “This is a timely reminder of the importance of avoiding getting or passing on gonorrhoea.”

Grahame White