What is NDM-1?
A pandemic outbreak is not a far fetched possibility, but a real one. This possibility is becoming more and more credible due to the fact that there is currently no known antibiotics that can stand up against this superbug. A last resort and often last hope antibiotic, carbapenem. is administered to patients when only the toughest antibiotic will work. Unfortunately, NDM-1 is completely resistant to carbapenem antibiotics. This is leaving scientists scratching their heads and working overtime to come up with a new antibiotic that will work. While the world waits and hopes that there is a super antibiotic developed to squash the superbug NDM-1, scientists admit that there is nothing on the horizon that looks promising.
Where Did NDM-1 Come From?
According to British scientists, the origins of NDM-1 is
NDM-1 has been confirmed in over 50 individuals within the
NDM-1 has also been identified in Canada, the United States, Australia and the Netherlands.
What Are the Symptoms of NDM-1?
Possibly the most terrifying attribute to the superbug NDM-1 is its remarkable ability to attach itself to a variety of bacteria hosts and still yet crosses over to other bacteria that is present. This is not only a characteristic that is rather unique, but a deadly characteristic as well because this silent superbug is able to perfectly mimic the symptoms that the common bacteria would cause.
For instance, E. coli is the leading cause of urinary tract infections. Were a person with a UTI to also be invaded by the superbug NDM-1, their symptoms would not change. The UTI would continue on with its normal symptoms of burning during urination, back pain, etc. The only difference that would be notable is the resistance that the urinary tract infection would have to antibiotics that would normally clear up a UTI. Only then would it be likely that doctors would become concerned and NDM-1 would probably be discovered. Unfortunately by this time, many others would have been unknowingly infected.
Who is at Risk of contracting NDM-1?
Those most likely to be infected with the NDM-1 enzyme are people who have traveled to high risk areas; especially hospitals in
What Precautions Should Be Taken to Protect Yourself and Your Family From NDM-1?
First of all, do not visit areas that are known to be more heavily infected. Avoid traveling in