‘Flesh-eating’ STD diagnosed in England for the first time

A sexually transmitted infection known as donovanosis which causes a sufferer's genitals to erupt and rot has been diagnosed in a woman from Southport Merseyside

A sexually transmitted infection known as donovanosis which causes a sufferer's genitals to erupt and rot has been diagnosed in a woman from Southport Merseyside

A British woman has contracted a rare sexually transmitted disease that causes flesh-eating ulcers to appear on and around the genitals, according to the Lancashire Post.

According to the Lancashire Post, an unidentified woman between the ages of 15 and 25 was diagnosed with the disease, donovanosis, within the past year. Her case, which was diagnosed in the past year, was discovered as a result of a freedom of information request.

Health officials say the disease spreads through sexual intercourse with an infected person.

News of the woman's case emerged after Chemist-4-U.com submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to United Kingdom hospitals as part of an investigation into STDs in the country.

Occasionally, the infection can spread to the pelvis, internal organs, bones and even the mouth, according to the CDC. These lesions could also develop into secondary bacterial infections.

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Because the sores caused by Donovanosis often bleed readily, people with the condition are also at increased risk of transmitting HIV.

The disease can start out as small, painless sores (ulcers) on the genitals.

It's typically seen in India, New Guinea, parts of the Caribbean, central Asia and southern Africa.

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Cases have however very rarely been reported in Canada - three were described in Toronto in a 1992 issue of the Journal of Dermatology.

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