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Scientists identify new superbug

Scientists have warned that a new superbug identified in the United Kingdom could spread around the world after arriving from India.

Researchers said on Wednesday they had found a gene called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, in patients in South Asia and in Britain.

NDM-1 makes bacteria highly resistant to almost all antibiotics, including the most powerful class called carbapenems, and experts say there are no new drugs on the horizon to tackle it.

In a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal on Wednesday, the researchers found that NDM-1 is becoming more common in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.

But with increasing numbers of people embarking on so-called  ‘health tourism’ trips to India and Pakistan for cheaper treatment the superbug could quickly spread, the scientists warned.

“At a global level, this is a real concern,” Timothy Walsh, who led the study, said.

“Because of medical tourism and international travel in general, resistance to these types of bacteria has the potential to spread around the world very, very quickly. And there is nothing in the [drug development] pipeline to tackle it.”…

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