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Posted Tue Sep 14 2010: from PhysOrg:
'Time bomb' superbug requires global response: doctor
A new superbug from India thought to be resistant to nearly every known antibiotic poses a global threat, scientists warned Monday, urging health authorities to track the bacteria. "There is an urgent need, first, to put in place an international surveillance system over the coming months and, second, to test all the patients admitted to any given health system" in as many countries as possible, said Patrice Nordmann of France's Bicetre Hospital. "For the moment, we don't know how fast this phenomenon is spreading... it could take months or years, but what is certain is that is will spread," he told AFP.... The NDM-1 is a gene that produces an enzyme that deactivate basically all antibiotics.... For example, scientists have determined that the NDM gene "is very mobile, hopping from one bacteria to another," he said.
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