Highly drug-resistant bugs are no longer a future problem. After decades of complacency, urgency is needed

The UK has achieved an unenviable world first with news that a British man has been diagnosed with a strain of gonorrhoea so far resistant to all antibiotics normally used to treat the disease.

The sexually transmitted bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, identified almost 140 years ago, causes unpleasant symptoms and, often, acute embarrassment – but it is an infection we’ve become accustomed to being easily curable with a simple course of that miracle of modern medicine: antibiotics.

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