The Health News United Kingdom April 23 2018

  • A man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured. Sexual health doctors say he was “very lucky” and the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”. He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a British partner. It was the first-ever case of the infection being incurable with first choice antibiotics, but now two similar cases have been reported in Australia. The original case came to light last month and was linked to travel earlier in the year.
  • Children whose parents are alcoholic will be offered help under plans announced by the government. The £6m package of measures is designed to help the estimated two hundred thousand children in England living with alcohol-dependent parents, offering rapid access to support and advice.
  • Doctors are urging parents and young people to double-check they have been vaccinated after a rise in cases of measles across Avon and the South West. Health experts have confirmed they are working in a number of local authorities to investigate reports of measles. And say the increase in cases is linked to larger epidemics taking place in countries across Europe. Public Health England – who issued the warning – are asking people to make sure they have received two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the contagious disease.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 23rd of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43840505

A man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured.
Sexual health doctors say he was “very lucky” and the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”. He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a British partner.

It was the first-ever case of the infection being incurable with first choice antibiotics, but now two similar cases have been reported in Australia. The original case came to light last month and was linked to travel earlier in the year. The main antibiotic treatment – a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone – failed to treat the disease. A detailed analysis of his infection suggested one last antibiotic might work and he has since been treated with ertapenem.

Doctor Gwenda Hughes, the head of sexually-transmitted infections at Public Health England, said: “We are pleased to report that the case of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea has been successfully treated.” The public health body launched an investigation to track down any further cases – including in his British partner – but says the superbug has not spread in the UK.

Discussions between Public Health England, the World Health Organization and the European Centres for Disease Control agreed this was the most serious case of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea ever detected. But now two “similar” cases have been discovered in Australia. One also had sex in South East Asia, the other reported no foreign travel. Doctor Hughes said they will be “challenging” to treat and were a “timely reminder” to everyone that super-gonorrhoea is likely to be more common in the future.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/23/government-offers-help-children-alcoholic-parents

Children whose parents are alcoholic will be offered help under plans announced by the government. The six million pound package of measures is designed to help the estimated two hundred thousand children in England living with alcohol-dependent parents, offering rapid access to support and advice.

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the consequences of alcohol abuse were devastating for those in the grip of an addiction, but for too long the children of alcoholic parents have been the silent victims. He also added: “These measures will ensure thousands of children affected by their parent’s alcohol dependency have access to the support they need and deserve.”

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The programme will include rapid access to mental health services and support for children and their families where there is a dependent drinker; funding to identify and support at-risk children more quickly and early intervention programmes to reduce the numbers of children needing to go into care.

The government has also appointed Steve Brine as a dedicated minister for children with alcohol-dependent parents. Of the two hundred thousand children in England living with alcoholic parents, the NSPCC has reported a sixteen percent rise in calls involving alcohol or drug abuse in recent years. The charity receives one call every hour related to drug or alcohol abuse.

Research shows that children of alcoholics are twice as likely to have problems at school, three times as likely to consider suicide and five times more likely to develop an eating disorder. More than a third of all serious case reviews for children involve a history of parental alcohol abuse.

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/measles-outbreak-across-avon-area-1483151

Doctors are urging parents and young people to double-check they have been vaccinated after a rise in cases of measles across Avon and the South West. Health experts have confirmed they are working in a number of local authorities to investigate reports of measles. And say the increase in cases is linked to larger epidemics taking place in countries across Europe.

Public Health England – who issued the warning – are asking people to make sure they have received two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the contagious disease. Doctor Julie Yates said: “People who have recently travelled, or are planning to travel to Romania, Italy and Germany and other parts of Europe, and who have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine, are particularly at risk of acquiring the infection whilst abroad, developing the infection once they return home and then spreading it to other susceptible people.” Since the beginning of the year there have been thirty two cases of measles confirmed, compared to no confirmed cases during the same period last year.
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Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. It is now uncommon in the UK because of the effective MMR vaccination programme. Although usually a mild illness in children, measles can be more severe in adults. Initial symptoms typically include fever, a cough, runny nose and inflamed eyes including white spots on the inner lining of the cheeks.

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