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'Sex superbug' as deadly as the AIDS virus hits Hawaii

First published: May 7, 2013, 9:25 AM IST | Updated: May 7, 2013
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'Sex superbug' as deadly as the AIDS virus hits Hawaii
At least two cases of a resistant strain of gonorrhoea have hit Hawaii.

New Delhi: At least two cases of a resistant strain of gonorrhoea have hit Hawaii, according to health officials quoted in a report in the Mail Online. The strains are called the 'sex superbug', the Mail said quoting Hawaii News Now reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked Congress for $50 million to find a new antibiotic to treat the drug-resistant strain of the disease. The first case in the nation was identified in a young woman in Hawaii in May, 2011, the report said.

The 'sex superbug' is called H041 and was first discovered in Japan in 2011. It spread to Hawaii, and has even surfaced in California and Norway, the Mail said.

What's alarming is, doctors are warning that the antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhoea, now considered a superbug, has the potential to be as deadly as the AIDS virus, said the Mail. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported
sexually transmitted infection in North America, according to the paper.

Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into septic shock and death in a matter of days, the Mail quoted Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine as saying.

No deaths from HO41 have been reported as yet. Safe sex is a preventive measure, doctors say.

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