Condoms 'all the more important' following gonorrhoea find

The use of condoms appears to be all the more important following the identification of a new strain of gonorrhoea.

Scientists in Japan made the discovery, which means the sexually transmitted disease (STD) will not be as easy to treat as it once was.

A single shot of penicillin has been the cure of choice for doctors tending to patients with the STD, but the new discovery - named H041 - cannot be combated through current drug protocols.

The case of a girl who caught the infection has been presented at the 19th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research, which was established in 1977.

Magnus Unemo from the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, who is also the report's author, said: "Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhoea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it."