Indian Superbug: NDM-1

August 11, 2010

Watch out world, the Indian Superbug, New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (also known as NDM-1) is the most recent bug set to put us all into hysterics. First it was H1N1 but unlike that particular case, there is not yet an antibiotic to treat this one. Scientists are saying that this bug has already reached Britain from India and could rapidly move its way around the world, infecting millions of individuals worldwide. Read more about this newly discovered gene and see photos here!

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If H1N1 didn’t scare you enough, the Indian Superbug, NDM-1 gene is surely on its way to making us all paranoid. Unfortunately there are no antibiotics even in the works that will be able to fend off the bacteria that this gene can produce. Experts are saying that NDM-1 is highly resistant pretty much to all antibiotics out there. The most powerful class of antibiotics called carbapenems aren’t even strong enough to take on this gene that turns bacteria into high resistance mode and that is the most startling revelation of all.

Timothy Walsh who led a study at Britain’s Cardiff University explained that “At a global level, this is a real concern. Because of medical tourism and international travel in general, resistance to these types of bacteria has the potential to spread around the world very, very quickly. And there is nothing in the (drug development) pipeline to tackle it.”

Even though only a small number of people have been infected thus far, Professor of molecular genetics at the University of Birmingham Christopher Thomas said that keeping a close eye on the gene and practicing better infection control could prevent the gene from spreading. He stated, “We are potentially at the beginning of another wave of antibiotic resistance, though we still have the power to stop it.”

So should we start freaking out yet? Not yet.

Johann Pitout at the University of Calgary Canada added that, “The spread of these multi-resistant bacteria merits very close monitoring. The consequences will be serious if family doctors have to treat infections caused by these multi-resistant bacteria on a daily basis.”

Just how is this superbug being spread? Experts are saying that unsanitary food preparation, bodily contact and surgical hospital procedures are the fastest way of travel for this bug.

Goodbye H1N1, hello Indian Superbug, NDM-1!

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3 Responses to “Indian Superbug: NDM-1”

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    Jen Says:

    Nasty!!! I am over super viruses/bugs!

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    Joan Says:

    I just bought a huge thing of hand sanitizer.

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    Jeanette Says:

    LOL @Joan! My kids are all armed with hand sanitizer too now that school’s back in session. I think I have three bottles of it in my purse too.