Drug Resistant ‘Superbug’ Found in the United States

[img_assist|nid=193620|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=127|height=170]Sept. 14, 2010 (GreenAnswers) – Concerns about an antibiotic resistant “superbug” are growing after three cases of infection were reported in the United States.

The gene found in some bacteria, known by the medical community as NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase) permits it to escape destruction by the world’s strongest antibiotics. This broad drug resistance has made NDM-1 potentially very deadly.

Fortunately there are no known deaths in the U.S. from this superbug. However, as people continue to travel abroad for medical care (“medical tourism”), the risk of infection and transmission will grow.

The three individuals in the U.S. who contracted NDM-1 all had either spent time recently in India, or are from that country, where the superbug has firmly established itself.

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