Why outbreak of super gonorrhoea is proving difficult to contain

A skeletal rider sits upon a sickly pale green horse. Their representation is of disease epidemics and death.


– June 2, 2016

Gonorrhoea was relatively benign in years gone by, going by the name “the clap” and was easily treated with penicillin.

Now it’s a monster. A super-resistant form is cutting a swath through straight and gay communities.

When it emerged in Leeds last year, the new superbug prompted a national alert when one of the main treatments became useless against it.

Cases of super gonorrhoea have now been detected in the West Midlands, London and southern England.