sexually transmitted disease which causes the genitals to erupt into
flesh-eating ulcers has been detected for the first time in the UK
and it's making a comeback in other countries too.
found in far-flung tropical countries, there have been no previous
cases of the rare STI Donovanosis recorded in the UK. That is until
nasty bug causes genital ulcers to grow and spread. If left
untreated flesh in the groin literally starts to eat itself.
according to a Freedom of Information request, submitted by online
pharmacy chemist-4-u.com, the rare sexually transmitted disease
Donovanosis has been diagnosed three times.
in Bolton and once in a woman, between the age of 15 and 25, in
Southport in the past 12 months.
Donovanosis itself can be treated with antibiotics, time is of the
typically occur in the genital area, but they can also appear around
the nose, mouth and chest. In all, there are four types of
Donovanosis to be aware of.
first is fleshy red ulcers that bleed when touched, known as
a dry ulcer with a raised, uneven edge, this is known as the
hypertrophic or verrucous type.
necrotic infection is deep and foul smelling and causes severe
damage to the tissues.
sclerotic or cicatricial infection is a dry lesion with scar tissue.
with an infected person is not the only means of catching the
disease, which is twice as likely to affect men than women.
contact with a victim's bleeding ulcer is enough for it to be passed
on and symptoms can show one to 12 weeks after coming into contact
with the bacteria.
without treatment, the ulcers increase in size and other bacteria
can also attack the ulcers which then generate a foul smell.
of infected men and women have sores in the anal area, which appear
as small, red, beefy lumps.
bumps gradually erode but as the disease spreads it starts to
destroy tissues in the infected area.
are also possible complications involved in contracting the disease,
which can include permanent genital damage and scarring, loss of
skin colour and irreversible genital swelling due to the scarring.
disease is usually found in tropical and subtropical countries such
as southeast India, Guyana and New Guinea, and due to its rarity in
Britain it doesn't appear on most STI lists, compiled by UK sexual
it's now far from being contained to far-flung places and instead is
making a comeback in Australia and South Africa too.
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) said it has
not found any previous cases in the UK.
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Shamir Patel, of Chemist 4 U, said: “This is a very rare and nasty
condition and it could be one of the first times it has been
recorded in the UK.
antibiotics can treat donovanosis, early-stage cases might be going
undiagnosed because it's so uncommon in the UK.
that cause the disease, known as klebsiella granulomatis, infect the
skin around the genitals, groin or anal area and causes lesions and
skin disintegration as the flesh effectively consumes itself.
itself can be treated with antibiotics, time is of the essence.
delay could cause the flesh around the genitals to literally rot
bacteria is also a risk factor in the transmission of HIV.”
spokesperson for Public Health England added: "Donovanosis primarily
occurs in tropical countries or regions of the Americas, Southern
Africa and Oceania.
is very rarely diagnosed and reported in the UK."
contacted hospital trusts nationwide to find out how many diagnosis
of STIs there had been, the age of people diagnosed, what sex and
what region of the country they live in as part of extensive
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