DEADLY SUPERBUG HITS BRITAIN SAYS HEALTH PROTECTION AGENCY

Saturday, January 29, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Daily ExpressUK
Saturday January 29,2011

A NEW potentially fatal superbug, resistant to the most powerful antibiotics, has been discovered in hundreds of British patients, according to the Health Protection Agency.

The bacteria have spread from India and Pakistan and are now being found in hospitals here. The NDM-1 bugs are resistant to carbapenem antibiotics, which are given to patients as a last resort after all other drugs have failed.

Doctors believe the infection was brought back to Britain by travellers to the Indian sub-continent who received hospital treatment, including cosmetic surgery. So far 400 cases have been discovered.

Dr David Livermore, director of the HPA’s resistance monitoring lab, said: “This is a major public health concern. Infections have varied from mild to potentially life threatening or fatal.

“Much of modern medicine depends on the ability to treat infection. If that ability is lost, medicine will take a great step backwards.”

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