College Students: If You Say You're a 6 Foot Five, Seven Year Old Chinese Girl, Then I Guess I Believe That's What You Are, If That's What's In Your Heart | Main | ISIS' Income Plunged 30% After Their Territory Was Reduced by Warfare, Analysts Say
April 18, 2016

Super-Gonorrhea Status: Real

Super-gonorrhea just got real.

An outbreak of highly drug-resistant "super-gonorrhoea" is sweeping across Britain and could become untreatable, medics fear.

A national alert was triggered by Public Health England last September after the rare strain of the sexually transmitted superbug was detected in 15 people.

The number of confirmed cases has now risen to 34 and, according to reports, there is "huge concern" among doctors that it is spreading across the UK. And experts said it is at risk of becoming untreatable if the only fully effective antibiotic remaining fails.

The problem is that antibiotics -- wonder drugs we just don't even acknowledge anymore, but which changed the world for the better -- are not keeping up with the rate of mutations of viruses. We've learned to kill a great number of infections -- but viruses are sloppy in their reproduction, and keep making themselves into new forms.

And some of those are resistant to any drugs we know.

...

The alert comes after Chancellor George Osborne warned resistance to antibiotics will become "an even greater threat to mankind than cancer" without global action.

PHE said an increase in cases of super-gonorrhoea was a "further sign of the very real threat of antibiotic resistance to our ability to treat infections".

It's not just gonorrhea. Any number of infectious diseases we currently laugh at could suddenly roar back to 19th century levels of lethality. Or even sixteenth century.

On the same subject, scientists recently speculated that monogamy evolved as social technology defense against sexually transmitted diseases.

Romantics be warned: The towering edifice of marriage, with its emphasis on having, holding and forsaking all others, may be nothing more than a defence against germs. By forcing monogamy on each other, our agrarian ancestors were collectively less likely to succumb to the ravages of sexually transmitted diseases.

The idea is the latest in a long line of theories that seek to address why many human cultures seem to reinforce and demand monogamous behaviour even though, biologically speaking, humans seem to be at least mildly polygamous.

...

After running the numbers [modeling rates of monogamy vs. STD frequencies] for the equivalent of thousands of years of simulated time, an interesting pattern emerged. Small groups of about 30 individuals -- analogous to prehistoric hunter gatherers --- did equally well whether they were monogamous or not. The reason could be that in a small population sexually transmitted epidemics cannot propagate far and they quickly peter out after an initial burst, regardless of social mores.

In contrast, enforced monogamy seemed to confer a big advantage on larger groups, numbering around 300 individuals.

Of course, I think may of us have observed, anecdotally, that sexual mores tighten up as STDs proliferate.

Sexual mores are a cultural technology that fall in and out of use as the rate of infection increases or wanes.


digg this
posted by Ace at 03:08 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
tcn in AK: "Now we're witnessing the biggest political scandal ..."

Traddy the plumber: ""Publication of someone's private texts -- even if ..."

JoeF.: "Yeah, I could see Jimmy Drama doing something rash ..."

Jane D'oh: "Anyone here think Comey might off himself?  I ..."

gewa76: "Strzok is pronounced "Strock" and appears to be Hu ..."

donny: "It Begins.  Emily's List supported Female can ..."

Ignoramus: "Mueller and Comey and Sztrok have an amazing blind ..."

TheAltarBoys[/i][/b][/u][/s]: "[i] Priestap[/i]Oh no, not again. ..."

LizLem: ">>> I met a Czech chick whose last name is Dv. To ..."

J. Edgar Hoover's Whale Bone Corset: ">>Very odd for a guy who is smart and cunning enou ..."

simplemind: "I can't remember if it was Tu-Ca last night who sa ..."

Concerned Peoples Front: "But what about the no disclosure agreements with t ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64