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Health officials warn about "sex superbug"

HONOLULU (AP) — Health officials are warning that two cases of a so-called "sex superbug" have been confirmed in Hawaii.

Hawaii News Now reports that the "sex superbug" is a resistant strain of gonorrhea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked Congress for $50 million to find a new antibiotic to treat the drug-resistant strain of the disease. The first case in the nation was identified in a young woman in Hawaii in May 2011.

The "sex superbug" called H041 was first discovered in Japan in 2011. It spread to Hawaii, and has now surfaced in California and Norway.

Peter Whiticir with the State Department of Health says advisories have been sent to physicians and health care providers around Hawaii to be on the lookout for the resistant strain of gonorrhea.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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