UK Superbug – NDM-1 Symptoms E. Coli

Superbug symptoms in the UK from the NDM-1 E. coli strain include staph infections.
UK superbug NDM-1 symptoms include staph infections. Known as NDM-1, the E. Coli strain is resistant to antibiotics and could be one of the deadliest pandemics. The superbug was brought back from India through medical surgery tourism.

NDM-1 is immune to almost all antibiotics, and there are none in development. The E. coli strain is likely to become one of the deadliest pandemics worldwide. So far, researchers believe it was transferred through medical surgeries.

People who have traveled to India for surgeries have brought back a superbug to Britain. According to experts, the booming medical surgery tourism industry in India and Pakistan could fuel a surge in antibiotic resistance. Patients are beginning to import dangerous bugs to their home countries.

So far, the superbug gene has been identified in 37 people who returned to the U.K. after undergoing surgery in India or Pakistan. In addition, the resistant gene has been detected in Australia, Canada, the U.S., the Netherlands, and Sweden. In a recently published article in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, doctors reported finding a new gene, called NDM-1.

The gene alters bacteria, making them resistant to nearly all known antibiotics. It has been seen largely in E. coli bacteria, the most common cause of urinary tract infections, and on DNA structures that can be easily copied and passed onto other types of bacteria. “We are potentially at the beginning of another wave of antibiotic resistance, though we still have the power to stop it,” Christopher Thomas, a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Birmingham, said in a statement. “Better surveillance and infection control procedures might halt the gene’s spread,” Thomas said.