Drug Resistant Indian Superbug Spreading

From Reuters:

A new superbug could spread around the world after reaching Britain from India — in part because of medical tourism — and scientists say there are almost no drugs to treat it.

Researchers said on Wednesday they had found a new gene called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, in patients in South Asia and in Britain.

NDM-1 makes bacteria highly resistant to almost all antibiotics, including the most powerful class called carbapenems, and experts say there are no new drugs on the horizon to tackle it.

With international travel in search of cheaper healthcare increasing, particularly for procedures such as cosmetic surgery, Timothy Walsh, who led the study, said he feared the new superbug could soon spread across the globe…

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  • Hadrian999

    wow, I hope it isn't as deadly as the swine flu……..

    • Your Mom

      You mean, less deadly than normal influenza?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swine_influenza#In

      • Connie Dobbs

        jesus fucking christ you're retarded. Seriously. And that was *not* sarcasm, unlike the post to which you so sincerely replied.

    • E.B. Wolf

      If it was, there would be a very expensive vaccine ready to go. But only while supplies last.

  • Earbudcontender

    Oh Vanity. Cosmetic surgery is a joke.

  • Earbudcontender

    Oh Vanity. Cosmetic surgery is a joke.

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