Not unlike its cousin MRSA, the recently discovered strain has developed a resistance to treatment using antibiotics which is causing scientists to ring the warning bells, urging doctors to be on the lookout for outbreaks of the disease.
According to the ABC report, super-gonorrhea, ominously named cephalosporin-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae, was recently discovered in Kyoto, Japan but is expected to spread.
The U.S. reports close to 700,000 cases of gonorrhea each year, and has been treated with a standard course of antibiotics since the 40's, but the super strain has "shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it." Even more distressing, only 50% of women show any signs of infection and under five percent of men ever develop symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. If left untreated the infection can spread to the organs and skin, cause infertility and ultimately, death.
The disease is spread via direct contact with 'the penis, vagina, mouth or anus, and can also be transmitted from mom to baby during delivery.' They didn't mention Paris Hilton as a direct cause of the outbreak, but I am not convinced.
This is just one more reason to practice safe sex, or better yet, self-sex!