Woman Contracts First Case Of Flesh-Eating STD In UK

Ebony Scott
August 25, 2018

This is the first incident in which the STD was reported in England, according to the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.

Pharmacist Shamir Patel, of Chemist 4 U, said: "This is a very rare and nasty condition and it could be one of the first times it has been recorded in the UK". Donovanosis is also rare in the U.K. But it's common in some tropical areas, including parts of India, Papua New Guinea, the Caribbean, central Australia and southern Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"In the absence of treatment the disease may spread locally and cause lymphoedema and genital mutilation", according to a study in the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections, as referenced by Newsweek.

US infections are rare, and the disease mostly is prevalent in some tropical and developing areas, including India, the Caribbean and southern Africa.

In its early stages, donovanosis can be confused with chancroid, another ulcerative STD.

It can lead to "infections to the pelvis, or it can disseminate to intra-abdominal organs, bones, or the mouth".

A necrotic infection is deep and foul smelling and causes severe damage to the tissues.

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Because the sores caused by Donovanosis often bleed readily, people with the condition are also at increased risk of transmitting HIV.

"Bacteria that cause the disease, known as klebsiella granulomatis, infect the skin around the genitals, groin or anal area and cause lesions and skin disintegration as the flesh effectively consumes itself", Patel told the Post.

STD Donovanosis affects twice as many men than women, and its first symptoms occur between one and 12 weeks after the infection was contracted. O'Farrell's report.

The woman's case came to light through a Freedom of Information request submitted by chemist-4-u.com, the Lancashire Post reported.

Other antibiotics used to treat donovanosis include doxycycline, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

Dr. Mark Lawton, Chair of the BASHH Media Group, urged those concerned about their sexual health to "have a check-up and get tested by an expert at their local sexual health service - it is quick and easy to do".

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