mham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3688 posts, RR: 3 Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1898 times:
According to the Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research, a virus was detected 4 years ago that creates resistance to nearly all antibiotics we use to treat infections. Originating in India and Pakistan, it is said to be already widespread there, even infiltrating New Delhi's water supply. So far, it has been detected in 12 new countries, all cases with ties to South Asia. India's reaction has been to claim that the story is motivated by Western jealousy of India’s growing medical-tourism industry.
Now it has been found in an unknown US cat (this article gives little insight into details). If it is now travelling in animals, it could indicate a very wide and fast spread.
...medicine views the emergence of this gene as a catastrophe, because it edges organisms to the brink of being completely non-responsive to antibiotics, as untreatable as if the infections were contracted before the antibiotic era began. And because the gene resides in organisms that happily live in the gut without causing symptoms, NDM-1 has been a hidden catastrophe, crossing borders and entering hospitals without ever being detected. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/09/ndm-icaac-3/
My first question, if it is as they say, are we seeing effects in India?