THE STI'S NEW STRAIN MAY SOON BE UNTREATABLE
Doctors warned about the "superbug" and its growing resistance to antibiotics
A strain of "super-gonorrhoea" first detected in Leeds last year and highly resistant to medication has spread, prompting medical professionals on Sunday to voice their "huge concern".
Doctors have confirmed 34 cases of the STI, which so far can only be treated with two drugs: antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone. But the latest strain of the STI has already started to resist azithromycin.
"We cannot afford to be complacent," Dr Gwenda Hughes, the head of the sexually transmitted infections unit at Public Health England, told the BBC. "If strains of gonorrhoea emerge that are resistant to both azithromycin and ceftriaxone, treatment options would be limited as there is currently no new antibiotic available to treat the infection."
Medics are suggesting people slap condoms on when engaging in sexual activity – and that includes blowjobs, since further resistance to drugs is apparently more likely to happen in people's throats.
Floating an Idea
BOATY MCBOATFACE WON THAT POLL AND WE'RE ALL HILARIOUS
More than 100,000 votes edged the jokey name ahead of all other contenders
The National Environment Research confirmed on Sunday that "RSS Boaty McBoatface" had topped its poll on suggestions for a new research vessel's name, notching up 124,109 votes since the competition "went viral" in March.
The next-closest option had been RRS Poppy-Mai, named after a teenage girl with an incurable cancer, followed by RSS Henry Worsley – the explorer who died on a solo attempt to cross Antarctica in January 2016.
Boaty McBoatface was a name jokingly put forward by a BBC radio presenter who told the Guardian he "made the suggestion but the storm that's been created – it's got legs of its own".
The final decision on what to name the boat will be made by Duncan Wingham, chief executive of the NERC, "in due course".
LILY ALLEN SPOKE OUT ABOUT HER SEVEN-YEAR STALKING MISERY
She highlighted inaction from police until her stalker broke into her home
Lily Allen spoke for the first about a seven-year stalking ordeal where one man's obsession with her grew from a tweet to angry letters and culminated in the man bursting into her bedroom while she slept, screaming that she was a "fucking bitch".
The pop singer-songwriter told her story exclusively to The Observer newspaper, highlighting police ineptitude throughout an investigation that she alleges was only taken seriously once her stalker broke into her house and stole her bag, turning her case into one of burglary rather than stalking.
"It's difficult to articulate it when you have no definition, when the police are saying, 'right, it's burglary if you want this guy to get a prison sentence', and you're thinking, 'but I don't give a shit about my handbag," Lily told The Observer. "'What I give a shit about is a man who is saying he wants to put a knife through my face'."
AN EARTHQUAKE STRUCK ECUADOR, KILLING HUNDREDS
The death toll rose steadily after a quake along the country's northwest coast
A 7.8 magnitude quake hit Ecuador at about 1AM BST on Sunday, killing at least 230 people by Sunday evening and devastating neighbourhoods in populated areas along the country's Pacific coast.
"Thank you to the whole world for solidarity," President Rafael Correa wrote on Twitter. "Our infinite love to the families of the dead." He confirmed a death toll of 233 people by Sunday evening and declared a state of emergency in six provinces across the country.
Described by the government as the worst earthquake to affect the country since one in 1979, Sunday's massive tremors particularly shook Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, and coastal areas in the country's northwestern region.