11-year-old girl contracted gonorrhea after swimming in a crowded hot spring

An 11-year-old Austrian girl contracted gonorrhea after swimming in a famous Italian hot spring while on vacation with her family.

After swimming in the heated pool “Mirror of Venus”, on the island of Pantelleria, off the coast of Sicily, the baby took a relaxing dip at the edge of the 20cm deep lake for 1 hour. According to reports, the girl and her father swam together in one hot spring, while her mother and sister bathed in another.

Two days after returning from the hot spring bath area, the girl began to feel a burning pain in the vaginal area, according to the Daily Mail.

Although the parents applied antifungal cream to the baby for a week, the symptoms still did not go away. So, when he returned to Austria 2 weeks later, the family took the baby to the doctor.

At the hospital, doctors diagnosed her with the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which causes gonorrhea.

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The girl firmly asserted that she had never had sex and was not violated by anyone, so it was concluded that she must have been infected with bacteria from the spring water. The incubation period is 2 days.

Fortunately, the girl was successfully treated using ceftriaxone and azithromycin. Doctors recommended her to bathe with whey for about 2 weeks to help restore the bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms were relieved within a few days and the test result was negative after only 4 weeks.

The remaining 3 members of the family all tested negative for the bacteria that causes gonorrhea.

Experts claim the temperature in the pool can be close to body temperature, and in this case, the bacteria could infect the girl.

The UK’s National Health Service states that gonorrhea cannot be transmitted by sharing water, but there are historical cases that have occurred.

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Professor Anna Geretti, an infectious disease expert at King’s College London (UK), explains the startling coincidence of factors such as water temperature being so suitable for gonorrhea bacteria, at the same time that contact with an infected person. This is very rare.

Geretti said that gonorrhea bacteria thrives between 25 and 39 degrees Celsius, but will be destroyed if the temperature exceeds 50 to 55 degrees, according to the Daily Mail.

Source: DailyMail

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