Now a sexually transmitted `superbug`

Updated: Nov 29, 2011, 13:36 PM IST

New Delhi: While the controversy over a `superbug` in Delhi hospitals has not died down yet, an expert here Tuesday popped a warning against a sexually transmitted microbe which is resistant to antibiotics.

"Last year, a case at Safdarjung Hospital (in Delhi) was found where we saw that the patient suffered from gonorrhea (a sexually transmitted infection) and the microbe neisseria gonorrhea had reduced sensitivity to all antibiotics that were used in the treatment," said Somesh Gupta, assistant professor at the department of dermatology and venereology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

"Surveillance of the anti-microbial resistance (AMR) in gonorrhea is currently being researched and India needs to be cautious about this as well," Gupta said.

"The problem is that if the infection of the microbe with high AMR spreads, then it could be difficult to fight the disease with any medicines or antibiotics," he added.

Another case of AMR in gonorrhea was reported from Japan early this year, Gupta said.

S.D. Khaparde, deputy director general of the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), said hospitals across the country will be issued guidelines for treating sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

"All railway clinics, private hospitals and ESI hospitals in the country will be given a standardised course for treating STIs," he said.