Researchers call for Global Action to Monitor Spread of Superbugs


11 August 2010

New strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria that make an enzyme called NDM-1 have been detected in patients travelling back to the UK after treatment in India and Pakistan.

Similar hospital infections have been reported from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the US. Some of these strains of bacteria are resistant to all known antibiotics. International experts call for urgent action as NDM-1 could become a major global health problem.

This is an issue to be taken up by the EU/US transatlantic taskforce on antibiotic resistance, it will require increased global surveillance of NMD-1, intensification of measures to stop the spread of hospital infections across the world and a race to produce antibiotic counter measures for strains of bacteria that are as yet unstoppable.

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This Guardian article also provides a very compelling summary of a very important issue  

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