Donovanosis cases continue to rise since 2016
A rare meat-eating sexually transmitted disease that causes “beef red” ulcers is spreading across the UK, according to a Friday report.
Cases of donovanosis – which causes thick sores that damage genital tissue – have been rising steadily in the region since 2016, and cases are expected to rise, as cited by data and experts. Birmingham Live.
“The data suggest that denovenosis – previously thought to be restricted to places including India, Brazil and New Guinea – is becoming more common on these coasts,” said Dr. Dutta told the outlet.
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Health officials reported 30 cases of STDs in the UK in 2019, but more infections in the past two years could pose a public-health risk, she warned.
STDs are usually spread through unprotected sex, but in rare cases, it can be spread through non-sexual skin-on-skin contact and to newborns through their mothers.
Symptoms include “bulging red bumps”, “damaged skin” and “loss of color of genital tissue”. Healthline.com.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, STDs are more common in parts of India, Papua New Guinea, central Australia, the Caribbean, and southern Africa.
Long-term treatment, including antibiotics, is required to cure the disease.