According to the Liverpool Echo , the woman, who is between the age of 15 and 25, is the first person to have been diagnosed with the rare disease in the United Kingdom, which is generally found in countries such as India, New Guinea, parts of the Caribbean, central Australia and southern Africa.
In most cases, infection is spread through sex - be it vaginal, anal or oral, with men being twice likely to catch the disease compared to women.
The unnamed woman is between the ages of 15 and 25 and was diagnosed with the ulcerative STD within the a year ago.
The matter came to light after UK-based online pharmacy "Chemist 4 U" filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with the relevant authorities. That's nothing to do with 1980s Aussie crooner and Neighbours superstar Jason, but rather a sexually transmitted infection that in its later stages can cause genital ulcers that eventually rupture and eat the surrounding flesh. If untreated, it can cause scarring, discoloration and permanent damage to the genital tissue. Yet, the ulcers tend to bleed and have a "beefy red appearance". In most of these cases, the people who have the disease travelled to or are actually from countries wherein the disease is considered common.
And without treatment, the ulcers increase in size and other bacteria can also attack the ulcers which then generate a foul smell.
The British Association for Sexual Health says there have been no prior cases of this disease reported in the UK. Countries such as Southeast India, Guyana, New Guinea, and parts of South America are considered the usual suspects for this flesh-eating disease.
Though Donovanosis itself can be treated with antibiotics, it is important to get treated as quickly as possible because as time goes on the infection could cause the flesh around the genitals to rot away.
The CDC warns that lesions can develop "secondary bacterial infection and can coexist with other sexually transmitted pathogens". It also said that the disease - known as donovanosis - was diagnosed sometime in the past 12 months.
The rare STI, donovanosis, is usually only found in tropical countries and up until now, there had been no recorded breakouts in UK.