New ‘superbug’ found in UK hospitals

| 11/08/2010

(BBC): A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn. They say bacteria that make an enzyme called NDM-1 have travelled back with NHS patients who went abroad to countries like India and Pakistan for treatments such as cosmetic surgery. Although there have only been about 50 cases identified in the UK so far, scientists fear it will go global. Tight surveillance and new drugs are needed says Lancet Infectious Diseases.NDM-1 can exist inside different bacteria, like E.coli, and it makes them resistant to one of the most powerful groups of antibiotics – carbapenems. These are generally reserved for use in emergencies and to combat hard-to-treat infections caused by other multi-resistant bacteria.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    A final plague? A beginning of sorrows?  The end near?
    Anyway it is scary stuff!

    Hmmmmm….?  Uh…wait a minute!

    Am I the only one who has concerns about how this story plays out in the future of the Cayman Islands?

    Consider this: The massive influx of foreign patients associated with the proposed "Dr. Shetty" hospital has the potential to expose these islands to many strains of infections organisms, including "superbugs" such as this one.

    And considering the resistant NDM-1 bacteria are most common in Pakistan and India…

    Just a thought.