‘Flesh-eating’ STD spreads across UK, causing ‘beefy red’ sores
There has never been a better reason to wear a condom
A sexually transmitted flesh-eating disease that causes ‘beefy red’ sores and ulcers is spreading across the UK with revenge.
The STD, called donovanosis, which causes thick wounds that lead to severe genital tissue, has been steadily increasing in importance since 2016, Birmingham Live reports.
“The figures suggest that donovanosis – which was previously thought to be limited to places such as India, Brazil and New Guinea – is increasingly common on these coasts,” said Dr Datta, of the MyHealthCare Clinic in London, at Birmingham Live.
Although the disease is often referred to as “eating flesh,” the bacteria do not actually eat away at the flesh. Instead, it is referred to as such for its rather bloody effect on the infected areas.
Health agencies reported thirty cases of donovanosis in 2019, but an increase could pose a serious risk to public health, Datta warned.
Usually, the STD is transmitted through unprotected sex. However, it can be spread through skin-to-skin contact and between newborns and their mothers in rare cases.
Symptoms include “bulging red bumps,” “damaged skin” and “loss of color in genital tissue,” says Healthline. Ulcers can become infected and cause a foul odor.
The first sign of the disease is a nodule, sore or lesion in the genital area. If they are tested, health officials will likely do some skin grazes and a blood test for further analysis.
STD is more common, although still rare, in warmer climates such as India, Papua New Guinea, central Australia, the Caribbean and southern Africa.
The disease is treated in the same way as other STDs, that is, with long-term treatment of antibiotics.