NDM-1 Bacteria SuperBug – resistant to all known antibiotics

August 12, 2010, by Ken Jorgustin

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Following the introduction of the first antibiotics, bacteria began to resist their effects, and continues to do so today with new generations of antibiotics. Globalism has dramatically increased the speed of bacteria transmission, and could be the very mechanism to transmit the new NDM-1 SuperBug to the world.

NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1) is itself not a bacteria (or virus), but an enzyme that affects and changes a bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics by destroying them. It has been found predominantly on the India continent, and is being spread from people who have traveled there for cheaper medical treatment. It has been reported in the UK, US, Canada, Netherlands and Australia.

The most powerful antibiotic class of drugs, carbapenems, are reserved as a last resort to treat only the most powerful bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). NDM-1 bacterium is apparently  resistant to carbapenems and is of very high concern because there are presently no antibiotics in development that will be effective against it.

Drug companies and the pharmaceutical industry make much of their money on high volume. Drugs that would be developed and reserved for worst case scenarios would theoretically have very little profit associated with them until and unless they became mainstream. Therefore little research money is likely spent developing such drugs. In this writers opinion, the corporate vision today is primarily focused on the next quarterly earnings report, or at best, a fiscal year.

Timothy Walsh, professor at Cardiff University School of Medicine in Great Britain, first identified NDM-1 last year in a patient at a hospital in India. When asked what might be available to treat NDM-1, he said, “there are no new antibiotics that are going to be available in 10 years’ time”.

Dr. Alexander Kallen of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said the United States considered the infection a “very high priority”.

What can we do about it? Identifying new cases early will be crucial. Awareness, good hygiene, especially in hospitals, washing hands with antibacterial soap. The problem today is that bacteria can spread very quickly in a wold of global tourism and travel. When the H1N1 swine flu got going, it did spread very rapidly around the world, although thankfully it wasn’t the killer bug that some thought it might be. As of this writing, it is  unclear as to the mortality rate associated with NDM-1.

Could NDM-1 be the one that gets us this time? Or will it start off with all sorts of media hype and then eventually fizzle out  like the H1N1 swine flu did? Time will tell, of course.

It couldn’t hurt to be prepared for any type of outbreak or pandemic by storing an adequate supply of food and other essentials, which would in turn alleviate the need to go out in public should such an event occur. It makes good sense to think through this scenario and develop a plan of action to use as a life insurance policy for you and your family.



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