At Wired we see that virulent STD’s are on the rise:
Highly resistant gonorrhea — which is to say, gonorrhea that has already become resistant to sulfa drugs, penicillin, tetracycline, and fluoroquinolones such as Cipro, and that is gaining resistance to cephalosporins — is on the rise, from Japan and the USA, and now to Europe…
The EuroSurveillance article underlines why this is bad news:
Effective control of gonorrhoea relies entirely on successful antimicrobial treatment. Untreated infections can lead to severe secondary sequelae, including pelvic inflammatory disease, first trimester abortions, ectopic pregnancy and infertility, and may contribute to facilitating HIV transmission.
Just as icing on the cake, the same journal reports that diagnoses of gonorrhea, and also syphilis, are spiking in England.