A man who died after trying to help a woman who had been raped was the first person to be diagnosed with the sexually transmitted disease
NEW YORK — A man and a woman have been diagnosed with SSTI, the sexually-transmitted disease, after a man tried to help her who was raped in New York City.
The man, whose name was withheld for fear of his life, was diagnosed with STIs, which include gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, on Friday, the hospital where he worked said.
The woman, who was not identified, was also diagnosed with gonorrheal disease, and is currently in isolation, according to the hospital.
The incident occurred Wednesday, May 22.
The hospital said the man was a member of the emergency department at the hospital and the woman was an emergency department patient.
The patient was treated for symptoms of the disease and was discharged the following day, the hospitals said.
“We have never seen a case of this type of a case,” said Dr. Jeffrey T. Stann, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Health.
The state health department said the patient was discharged from the hospital on Thursday.
The woman was treated and released.
Stann said the city’s emergency department has a good track record of diagnosing cases of SSTIs.
The department also said it was working to identify and address any issues that may have contributed to the diagnosis of the woman.
Stanna said the hospital is in the process of creating a policy on how to respond to the cases of STIs that have occurred in the emergency departments of the hospital since the outbreak began in mid-May.
The outbreak prompted New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to call on all New York hospitals to offer better care to the sickest patients, including providing better access to healthcare and more training.
De Blasio said the health department’s chief medical officer, Dr. Mary Tompkins, had recommended the city establish a hotline for residents who have had STIs to call and report a case.