(PatrioticPost.com)- This is a bit of a gross story, but here goes. You probably should not read this while eating anything.
Apparently, a sexually-transmitted “flesh-eating” bacterial infection most commonly seen in tropical locations is turning up in the UK.
The infection, donovanosis, isn’t widespread as yet compared to other sexually-transmitted infections or diseases, but UK health officials believe that if cases begin to rise, it would pose a serious risk to public health.
Donovanosis was previously believed to be isolated to places like India, Brazil and New Guinea. But recent figures suggested that cases are becoming more common in the UK.
Common, but still rare. In 2020 there were only 18 reported UK cases of donovanosis, and as yet there is no evidence that the infection is becoming widespread.
Donovanosis, which also goes by the name granuloma inguinale, is a bacterial infection that causes bloody sores and ulcers on the genitals. While is it more common in tropical and subtropical climates like those in India, South Africa, Southeast Asia and South American, Australia has also seen some sporadic outbreaks of donovanosis as well.
The bacteria, Klebsiella granulomatis, most commonly infects the genital area via sexual contact, and if left unchecked, the sores caused by the infection can fuel the spread of HIV.
While dubbed a “flesh-eating” infection due to its gruesome appearance on the skin, donovanosis doesn’t actually eat the flesh. The typical symptoms of the bacteria are lumps around the genitals or rectal area which can increase in size and take on a beefy-red appearance. These lumps can then develop into ulcers which can become infected, leading to severe pain and an unpleasant, foul odor.
Well, that’s just disgusting.
But the good news is donovanosis is easily treated. A course of antibiotics will stop the bacteria’s growth, allowing time for the sores to heal – usually within days. However, for those who have suffered from the infection for a longer period, it could take up to several weeks for the sores to heal.
But even those who are treated can suffer from a relapse – usually within six to eighteen months later. Relapsed cases then have to undergo another, stronger course of antibiotics to clear up the infection.
Aren’t you glad you weren’t eating?