Doctors have warned about the threat of superbugs, causing infertility

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Researchers from the British Association of sexual health and HIV (BASHH) have discovered a new potential superbacteria Mycoplasma genitalium (M. genitalium), which for 10 years can become resistant to any antibiotics. A study published on the Association’s website.

According to scientists, the bacterium dwells in the organs of the urinary and reproductive system, and is transmitted from person to person through sexual contact. It can provoke inflammation of the urethra, uterus, fallopian tubes, and the infection caused by it, can lead to infertility.

Symptoms caused by M. genitalium disease can easily be confused with infections caused by other bacteria, such as chlamydia, which M. Genitalium is able to adapt to many of the tools that helps for chlamydia (eg, azithromycin). People with M. Genitalium, azithromycin is almost not ease the symptoms and at the same time makes bacteria more drug-resistant.

According to the researchers, it is the ability to adapt very quickly and makes M. Genitalium a potential superbacteria.

BASHH experts believe that slow down the process of adaptation of bacteria to the drugs will help testing for M. Genitalium in patients with various genital infections. Currently, however, such tests are conducted in few places, and doctors rarely recommend them to their patients.

Previously, scientists have found that in the near future the main place of occurrence of superbugs will be India, because this country is leading to uncontrolled sale of illegal and untested antibiotics, which undermine all efforts to combat the growing resistance of bacteria and microbes to different drugs.