Sunday, August 15, 2010
Faster Than a Speeding Bullet, it's NDM-1!
NDM-1 has gained notoriety recently as a newly discovered genetic mutation that enhances antibiotic resistance among various bacteria, including E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. It is said to have originated in healthcare settings in South Asia, particularly India and Pakistan. Apparently now it has made its merry way to England and the USA and medical tourism is being blamed for what scientists consider to be the next big "superbug," a la MRSA. Check out this article in the NY Times.