A new, more deadly strain of gonorrheal bacteria is spreading through the United States and Canada, with up to 25,000 cases reported this year in some states.
The new strain, dubbed Enterococcus faecium, was discovered in California’s San Joaquin Valley in May.
It has since spread throughout the United Kingdom and the U.S.
A new strain of Enterococcycus faectus that causes gonorrHEAL has also been found in New York, according to a report in The New York Times, which cited health officials.
The bacteria is so deadly it has prompted hospitals to lock down all emergency rooms, and it is making its way through the health system via the bloodstream of infected people.
New York City health officials have reported at least 979 cases of gonococci in New Yorkers.
More than 4,000 people have been hospitalized, according the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
More than 20 other states have reported cases.
The most recent case was in Arizona, where health officials are still trying to determine the source of the new strain.