The World Health Organisation has said gonorrhea infections are rapidly increasing and doctors are running out of necessary antibiotics to fight the bacteria.
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus.
Various countries across the world have reported that their antibiotics no longer worked against gonococci bacteria.
WHO expert, Teodora Wi, said “these cases may just be the tip of the iceberg since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries where gonorrhoea is actually more common.”
WHO estimates that there over 78 million people are infected with the disease annually.
The reported rates are higher in Africa where one in 10 men is infected annually, while the Britain and the U.S. reported increases of more than 10 per cent in 2015.
WHO said the major reason for the increase are decreasing condom use, increased mobility as well as poor disease monitoring and inadequate treatment.
Pharmaceuticals are currently producing only three new drugs because they know the bacteria will soon become resistant to any new antibiotic.