Brits struck down by STIs on party island Magaluf

Magaluf, an island in Spain, is a popular destination for young British tourists to let loose. Photo / Getty Images
Magaluf, an island in Spain, is a popular destination for young British tourists to let loose. Photo / Getty Images

The Spanish resort town of Magaluf - popular with young British party-goers - is experiencing an outbreak of sexually transmitted infections that has seen "droves" of tourists lining up for antibiotics.

The Sun reported that the outbreak of chlamydia could even threaten the sexual health of UK residents.

A Brit who lived in the area wrote on social media: "Surprised the Magaluf strip isn't empty as everyone Iv (sic) spoke to can't drink as there on antibiotics from to chlamydia outbreak".

Tourists on Punta Ballena Street, also known as 'the strip'. Photo / Getty Images
Tourists on Punta Ballena Street, also known as 'the strip'. Photo / Getty Images

The outbreak led popular ticket-booking site Feelsummer Magaluf to post a serious warning about the disease.

The Daily Star reported that Brits had been queueing up to receive antibiotic treatment "in their droves".

It read: "Everybody understands that young people want to enjoy their holiday and let themselves go, but it's important to always use a condom. The implications of unprotected sex are just too serious to ignore and catching herpes or genital warts will ruin an otherwise fun holiday."

Chlamydia can cause discharge and bleeding from the genitals, but is usually symptomless. Left untreated, it can cause serious permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system.

- nzherald.co.nz

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