Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gonorrhea superbug hits Canada

From the Vancouver Sun:
Gonorrhea superbugs are swiftly emerging in Canada, and men, as well as patients over 30 are at the greatest risk, new research shows.

In women, untreated gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and scarring of the fallopian tubes, causing infertility. In men, it can cause inflammation of the prostate and urethra.

For both sexes, the sexually transmitted infection can cause serious bloodstream and joint infections, as well as immune complications.

Symptoms of gonorrhea include a painful or burning sensation with urination and penile or vaginal discharge. But, according to Canada's public health agency, the majority of infected women and some infected men will not show any symptoms. ...more

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