New “Superbug” could become a worldwide problem

Filed in Gather Health Essential by on August 11, 2010 0 Comments

Each year around this time, the world is threatened by some unheard of disease that’s incurable and could potentially become an epidemic. We had SARS which originated in Asia, Swine Flu from Mexico and now the “Superbug” that’s made it’s way from India to Britain.

“Many hospital infections that were already difficult to treat have become even more impervious to drugs thanks to a recently discovered gene that can jump across different species of bacteria. This so-called NDM-1 gene was first identified last year by Cardiff University’s Timothy Walsh in two types of bacteria — Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli — in a Swedish patient admitted to hospital in InWoman with Fever Reading Digital Thermometerdia” (Yahoo! News).

Researchers warn that we could all see the “Superbug” and that there may not be a vaccine to prevent it or medication to treat it.

Some people feel strongly that these public health issues are just a ploy for drug companies (and maybe the government) to make more money. However, news of these risks can be alarming, and proper precautions (if available) should be taken. Also, any abnormal symptoms should always be brought to the attention of a doctor.

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© Effie Orfanides 2010

 

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