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Posted Wed Aug 11 2010: from PhysOrg:
International travel increasing spread of new drug-resistant bacteria: Is this the end of antibiotics?
A new gene [NDM-1] that enables bacteria to be highly resistant to almost all antibiotics is widespread in Enterobacteriaceae taken from patients in India and Pakistan, and has also been found in UK patients who travelled to India for elective surgery.... In some cases, isolates were resistant to all antibiotics. Importantly, the NDM-1 gene was found to be present on plasmids, DNA structures that can be easily copied and transferred between different bacteria, suggesting: "an alarming potential to spread and diversify among bacterial populations".... They go on: "Even more disturbing is that most of the India isolates from Chennai and Haryana were from community-acquired infections, suggesting that NDM-1 is widespread in the environment."... "India also provides cosmetic surgery for other Europeans and Americans, and it is likely NDM-1 will spread worldwide."
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