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What are the symptoms of the NDM-1 Superbug?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

NDM-1 showing up in hospitals
NDM-1 Superbug is on the minds of many people now as it has been predicted to spread world wide. This suberbug was first discovered a year ago with a Swedish person who was a patient in a hospital in India. Now the bacteria has spread and became a dangerous threat. NDM-1 is a bacteria that attaches itself onto another serious disease, such as Kebsiella pneumonia and E. coli. Once it attaches itself, that condition becomes very drug resistant, even to carbapenems used to treat emergency outbreaks, superbugs and last resort treatments.

NDM-1, or New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamose alters bacteria because it is an enzyme that lives off the other bacteria. Currently the two known host for this gene includes E. coli and Kebsiella pneumonia. Basically, the symptoms will be that of the E. coli and the pneumonia which will be resistant to treatment. Anyone undergoing any of these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately, especially if coming into contact with someone who could be a carrier. Preventive measures includes effective hand washing and vigilant hygiene measure according to Christopher Thomas, who is a professor of molecular genetics with the University of Birmingham.

E. coli symptoms: Diarrhea that can come on as mild to severe in nature. It can watery or even bloody. It is usually associated with pain and cramping in the abdomine region. Some people also experience nausea and vomiting. Another symptom that has been related is an urinary tract infection.

Kebsiella pneumonia symptoms: The Klebsiella bacteria is a fast progressing disease. The most common symptoms include a temperature that is 103 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. The fever can be accompanied by dizziness and chills. A cough is also usually present with sputum from the lungs that can include blood. If not treated vigorously and quickly, it can cause holes in the lungs linings. Once the disease progressed to the upper respiratory tract, a foul odor can be released from the nose. Severe congestion can also occur. However, a case that occurs in a hospital can be less apparent and/or gradual with the added symptom of wheezing.

Risk factors for the superbug known as NDM-1, currently includes anyone who has been hospitalized in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. This is especially true for those who have undergone a plastic surgery procedure. Other risk involved people who have travel to the India or Pakistan. Britain is now a threat as well. Because of the large amount of Americans who have plastic sugery in India and Pakistan, this can become a health issue within the States as well.



Aug 11, 2010 10:49pm
Great article!
I hope the predictions for this superbug doctors have named the NDM-1 are wrong and it fizzles out as quickly as the hysteria over the H1N1 virus.
Aug 12, 2010 11:59am
I hope they are wrong too. Great article!
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