A new superbug that a British health related journal called attention to last month has emerged in the U.S. Individuals contaminated with the superbug known as NDM-1 turned up in hospitals in Massachusetts, California and Illinois. Many assume the bug came from India while all three cases were of patients who had just lately been to India. NDM-1 was blamed on health related tourism at first. The reason being many British citizens were going to India for inexpensive cosmetic surgery and returning home with the disease. But the fact that the American superbug victims weren’t medical tourists is leading scientists to believe the potential of NDM-1 as a worldwide threat is more severe than first thought.
Strong indications that superbug infection originated from India to U.S.
Getting medical care in India is where many think the superbug has come from. This is because the two Canadian cases and all U.S. cases seem to trace back to that. The woman in California that got NDM-1 had health related care in India after being in an auto incident, reports Red Orbit. The man in Illinois who got the superbug also had a medical problem. He had a urinary catheter for medical conditions which were pre-existing while traveling within the country. The woman in Massachusetts traveled to the United States of America Before doing this, she really did chemotherapy and had some surgery. All of the victims survived although the superbug wouldn’t die with antibiotics that are meant to treat drug-resistant infections. In Pakistan, there was a Belgian man who was in a vehicle accident and hospitalized in Pakistan. He was the first of the NDM-1 superbug victims to have a recorded death.
Superbug might be a global threat
Last month, cases of NDM-1 infection involving Britons who traveled to India for cheap plastic surgery were documented in an article in Lancet, a British health related journal. In the Lancet article, scientists describe NDM-1 as a gene that mutates bacteria to become resistant to the strongest antibiotics available. CBS News reports that bacteria carrying the NDM-1 gene are widespread in India. Scientists say the NDM-1 gene is becoming increasingly common in Bangladesh and Pakistan as well. The superbug is hitching rides worldwide with people going to those undeveloped countries.
Overpopulation is in India
Medical specialists attending an international meeting of microbiologists and doctors in Boston this week are really concerned about NDM-1, particularly because of its prevalence in India. The Boston Herald talks about antibiotics in India. Evidently you can get them over the counter for cheap prices. If one were to use it inappropriately, it would then become more resistant. The deadly bacteria would become something we could not stop. Germs grow in the gut which is why NDM-1 spreads quickly places there is poor sanitation. Timothy Walsh, one of the authors of the Lancet article, told the Boston Herald the overpopulated, unsanitary conditions in India are likely to make the superbug spread widely. He said at the present time one or two superbug antibiotics are effective, however six to eight are needed.
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