A rare sexually transmitted disease that causes flesh-eating ulcers on patients’ genitalia has popped up in England, the Lancashire Post reported.
An unnamed female patient, who lives in Southport and is between the ages of 15 and 25, reportedly was diagnosed with donovanosis within the last 12 months.
Donovanosis, which is spread through sexual intercourse with an infected patient, or by coming into contact with a patient’s infected ulcer, is typically seen in India, New Guinea, parts of the Caribbean, central Australia and southern Africa.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the painless disease causes progressive ulcerative lesions on the genitals or perineum, which are prone to heavy bleeding.
Patients are at risk of extragenital infections that can occur in the pelvic regions, or in intra-abdominal organs, bones or mouth. The lesions may also develop secondary bacterial infections.
While antibiotic treatment may stop the progression of lesions, patients are at risk of relapse for 6-18 months post-treatment. According to the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), there have been no prior cases reported in the U.K.
The woman’s case came to light through a Freedom of Information request submitted by chemist-4-u.com, the Lancashire Post reported.
A pharmacist with chemist-4-u.com told the news outlet that any delay in treatment “could cause the flesh around the genitals to literally rot away.”
An update on the infected patient was not provided, nor was it clear if any sexual partners she had encountered were also infected. Coming into contact with a victim’s bleeding ulcer could be enough to transmit the disease.
The website submitted the request as part of its “The Great British STI Taboo” investigation, which reported that 69 percent of the 1,000 British adults polled had never been tested for an STD.
The investigation also reported that in 2017, 420,000 STDs were diagnosed in England, with chlamydia accounting for 48 percent of cases.
Based on population trends, more than seven in every 10 people born between the early 1980s and mid-90s will be too fat by the time they reach middle age.
In comparison, about half of the “baby boomer” generation, born just after World War Two, were fat at that age.
Being fat as an adult is linked to 13 different types of cancer, says Cancer Research UK, who did the analysis.
The list includes breast, bowel and kidney cancer, but only 15% of people are aware of the link, according to the charity.
Britain is the most obese nation in Western Europe, with rates rising faster than in any other developed nation.
Obesity prevalence has been increasing in the UK, from 15% in 1993 to 27% in 2015.
In 2015, the highest obesity levels were seen in people aged 55 to 64, but experts are concerned that younger generations are on track to become fatter still.
According to the CDC, study on Obesity Prevalence in 2016 by Education and Age in the United States:
Obesity decreased by level of education. Adults without a high school degree or equivalent had the highest self-reported obesity (35.5%), followed by high school graduates (32.3%), adults with some college (31.0%) and college graduates (22.2%).
Young adults were half as likely to have obesity as middle-aged adults.
Adults aged 18-24 had the lowest self-reported obesity (17.3%) compared to adults aged 45-54 years who had the highest prevalence (35.1%).
Obesity Prevalence in 2016 Varies Across States and Territories
All states had more than 20% of adults with obesity.
20% to less than 25% of adults had obesity in 3 states (Colorado, Hawaii, and Massachusetts) and the District of Columbia.
25% to less than 30% of adults had obesity in 22 states and Guam.
30% to less than 35% of adults had obesity in 20 states, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.
35% or more adults had obesity in 5 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia).
The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (32.0%), followed by the Midwest (31.4%), the Northeast (26.9%), and the West (26.0%).
Cancer Research UK wants to make the associated health risks clear to the wider public.
Spokeswoman Prof Linda Bauld said:
“Extra body fat doesn’t just sit there; it sends messages around the body that can cause damage to cells.
“This damage can build up over time and increase the risk of cancer in the same way that damage from smoking causes cancer.
“While these estimates sound bleak, we can stop them becoming a reality.
“Millennials are known for following seemingly healthy food trends, but nothing beats a balanced diet.
“Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and other fibre filled foods like whole grains, and cutting down on junk food is the best way to keep a healthy weight.”
Prof Russell Viner, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “There is a danger that being overweight is becoming normalised, as we know that many people struggle to recognise obesity in themselves, and often are unable to see when their child is overweight.
“Knowledge of the links between cancer and smoking have driven smoking rates down dramatically amongst our young people.
“We need the same recognition of the dangers of obesity.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 22nd, 2018