Scientists: New Superbug from India may now be spreading around the world

By on Sep 15, 2010 in Health, Science Comments

A new superbug that was believed to be originated in India was found by research scientists may now be spreading around the world.

According to top International news sites, a new superbug called Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) makes bacteria highly resistant to almost all antibiotics, including the most powerful class called carbapenems.

As of this writing, research scientists and medical experts say that are almost no drugs to cure its effect on anyone.

Since most people these days travel outside their country to search for cheaper healthcare, particularly for procedures such as cosmetic surgery, Timothy Walsh, who led the study, said he is now afraid that the new superbug may soon spread around the world.

“It’s a great concern,” because drug resistance has been rising and few new antibiotics are in development, said Dr. M. Lindsay Grayson, director of infectious diseases at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

“It’s just a matter of time” until the gene spreads more widely person-to-person, he added.

Apparently, the first casualty reported due to NDM-1 was a Belgian national.

“He was involved in a car accident during a trip to Pakistan,” microbiologist Denis Pierard said.

Pierard, who is from AZ VUB hospital in Brussels, where the man had been treated since June, told Belgian media that the man “was hospitalized with a major leg injury.”

Meanwhile, there are also reported patients from US and Canada who had earlier visited India for medical care.

In addition, a UK medical journal also disclosed in an article last month that there were cases involving British people feared to be affected by new superbug; in which all of them reportedly also went to India for medical procedures.

In related news, a Singaporean and a patient from Bangladesh who both undergone medical treatment were also reportedly affected by the new superbug.

Singapore was also among the countries where this NDM-1 was found, according to a report in The Straits Times.



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