NewDelhi-Metallo-1 (NDM-1)- India’s latest gift to the world!

As if the world wasn’t already threatened by global warming, floods and earthquakes, a new enemy has appeared on the horizon. The superbug known as New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1). This virus is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics known, the class of antibiotics known as Carbapenems which are reserved for use when all other antibiotics have failed.
"The bacteria was named NDM-1 because the original patient who was investigated had flown back to Sweden from India with the infection. It was known that the origin of the infection was India and not Sweden. (It was) in the tradition of naming these types of bacteria after the city of origin", Prof Timothy R Walsh of Cardiff University told the Indian Express.
What we should expect, during the next few years, are millions of deaths of innocent people, all because of poor sanitation in New Delhi hospitals (unless doctors are able to develop another antibiotic to meet the threat from the Indian superbug).

August 16th, 2010 by Shakir Lakhani