Health experts warned today that cases of gonorrhoea have soared 25 per cent in a year.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said cases of the sexually transmitted disease jumped by a quarter in 2011.
In response HPA has launched a new campaign to tackle growing threat.
It also said that the disease is becoming more resistant to treatment.
Experts are hoping that the first gonorrhoea resistance action plan will increase awareness of the disease, which is the second most common bacterial STI in England.
The plan, developed by the Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme and established by the HPA, will monitor the global problem of increasing resistance over the last 10 years.
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