"Medical Tourism" Spreads Dangerous Indian "Super Bug" World-Wide! No Cure!
"Medical Tourism" Spreads Deadly "Super Bug"
Do you know what "medical tourism" is? It refers to those of us who go overseas to have medical procedures done outside the U.S. because of the lower cost. It particularly applies to plastic surgery.
Scientists have now found three cases of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1 in the U.S. All cases were found in those who went to India for medical treatment. NDM-1 is now known as the new "super bug" and there is virtually no cure.
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NDM-1 is basically resistant even to the most powerful antibiotics, called Carbapenems and there's nothing known to science that can cure it.
Those found with the bug were also found to have urinary tract infections, bacteremia (the presence of bacteria in the blood), or pneumonia. This is because NDM-1 attaches itself to bacteria. Researchers fear that this bug could jump to other bacteria which are already antibiotic resistant.
NDM-1 is found in E. Coli bacteria and antibiotic resistant strains may lead to serious complications, even death.
Dr David Livermore, director of antibiotic resistance monitoring at HPA (Health Protection Agency) in Britain, says the "gene" (as the "super bug" is known), is common in India and sees it as a "...potential worldwide health threat..."
Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks: NDM-1: CAUTION!
This "super bug" has a chance to spread worldwide with devastating consequences because of "medical tourism". The New York Times quotes researchers who call the discovery "worrying" and "ominous."
The best way to prevent the disease is by doctors and hospitals implementing thorough and effective cleanliness and sanitization measures.
And of course, wash your hands frequently! This will help to prevent the disease and to contain its spread. If you don't wash your hands frequently, the best time to start is now!