Potent strain of gonorrhea sweeps the globe

June 6, 2012 3:04:33 PM PDT
A superbug strain of gonorrhea is reported to be rapidly sweeping the globe.

Gonorrhea is the second most common sexually transmitted disease behind chlamydia.

The World Health Organization says the organism has been developing resistance against every medication that's been thrown at it and in a couple of years it will have become resistant to every treatment option now available.

The infection can lead to serious health problems including infertility, increased risk of HIV infection and potential eye infections in newborns.

The WHO is calling for greater vigilance on the correct use of antibiotics and more research into alternative treatments.