UNITED KINGDOM (CBS Local) – A woman in the United Kingdom has reportedly been diagnosed with a rare, flesh-eating sexually transmitted disease.READ MORE: Police: Central Catholic High School No Longer At Risk For Threat After Arrest Made Following Social Media Comments
According to Yahoo News, it is the first case of the disease to be reported in the U.K. and it causes ulcers to form on the genitals.READ MORE: Funeral Arrangements Made For Pittsburgh Police Sergeant Richard Howe
The STD, known as donovanosis, is more commonly found in parts of India, Papua New Guinea, the Caribbean, Australia, and Africa. The CDC says the ulcers are typically “painless” and slow growing. However they will eventually destroy genital tissue and can spread to surrounding areas of the body.
The disease is extremely rare in the United States, with about 100 cases reported each year. Most of the infected patients are among people who reportedly traveled to regions where the disease is common.MORE NEWS: 'Everybody Loved Him'; Rennerdale Community Comes Together To Celebrate Life Of Louis Vignone, Postal Worker Shot, Killed In Collier Township
The STD can be treated with antibiotics over several weeks, according to Live Science.