- An 11-year old Austrian girl has been diagnosed with gonorrhea after coming back from a family vacation to Italy, where she bathed in a hot spring.
- She developed vulvovaginitis that is inflammation and irritation of the vagina.
An 11-year old Austrian girl has been diagnosed with gonorrhea after coming back from a family vacation to Italy, where she bathed in a hot spring.
The girl developed symptoms after bathing in a high frequented hot pool at the edge of Lake Specchio di Venere (“Mirror of Venus”), Italy.
According to a case study published on September 17, she developed vulvovaginitis that is inflammation and irritation of the vagina.
Vaginal swabs tested positive for Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Her family members tested negative.
Researchers learned that the family members had gone to various pools, with her and her father going one collection while her mother and sister had gone into another.
Through sexual contact, the young girl denied having any reference of that kind, said researchers from New Zealand’s University of Auckland and the Austria’s University of Salzburg in the study can only transfer the disease.
Instead, experts believe the warm temperature, nature of the water, and organic particles could explain why she was infected with the virus. The study stated that historical reports of gonococcal epidemics in children’s hospitals also show the disease traced back to standard baths.
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Her pediatrician recommended she bathe with dairy products for two weeks to her vaginal flora and settle her symptoms. By week four, her swab came negative.
“A disease that a gonococcal infection is diagnostic of sexual abuse can be terrible, with kids wrongfully removed by their parents’ care and their caretakers facing false charges of sexual crimes.”
They advised adding a shower, and antibacterial soap near the hot springs, to educate people on the risks of bathing many times in the shallow pools.
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