A sexually transmitted disease in which the reproductive organs erupt in carnivorous ulcers has been observed in the UK for the first time.
The tropical Donovanosis disease has recently been diagnosed three times in the country, although it usually occurs in remote countries.
The annoying bug causes genital ulcers to grow and spread and will eat the meat around them if left untreated.
There have been twice registered infections in Bolton and once with a woman, between the ages of 15 and 25, in Southport in the past 12 months.
Infections usually occur in the genital area, but they can also appear around the nose, mouth and chest. In total there are four types of Donovanosis to watch out for, reports The Mirror.
The first is fleshy red sores that bleed when touched, also called ulcerogranulomatous.
Secondly, a dry stomach ulcer with an elevated, uneven edge, this is known as the hypertrophic or verrucous type.
A necrotic infection is deep and smells and smells and causes serious damage to the tissues. A sclerotic or cicatricial infection is a dry lesion with scar tissue.
Easy contact with the bleeding stomach ulcer of a victim is sufficient to pass it on and the symptoms can appear one to 12 weeks after coming into contact with the bacterium.
And without treatment, the ulcers increase in size and other bacteria can also attack the ulcers that then produce a foul odor.
Half of the infected men and women have ulcers in the anal area, which look like small, red, firm parts.
The bumps gradually erode but as the disease spreads, it begins to destroy tissues in the infected area.
There are also possible complications in the contraction of the disease, which may include permanent genital damage and scarring, loss of skin color and irreversible genital swelling due to scars.
The disease is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical countries, such as Southeast India, Guyana and New Guinea, and due to its rarity in Great Britain it does not appear on most STI lists, compiled by British sexual health websites.
The British Society for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) said it has not found any previous cases in the UK.
Pharmacist Shamir Patel, from Chemist 4 U, said: "This is a very rare and tedious condition and it could be one of the first times it has been recorded in the UK.
"Although antibiotics can treat donovanosis, cases can not be diagnosed at an early stage because it is so uncommon in the UK.
"Bacteria that cause the disease, known as klebsiella granulomatis, infect the skin around the genitals, groins or anal areas and cause lesions and skin breakdown when the meat effectively eats itself.
"Donovanosis itself can be treated with antibiotics, time is essential.
"Any delay can cause the meat to rotate literally around the genitals.
"This bacterium is also a risk factor for the transmission of HIV."
A spokesman for Public Health England added: "Donovanosis is mainly found in tropical countries or regions of America, Southern Africa and Oceania.
"It is very rarely diagnosed and reported in the UK."