Superbug debate again.
July 30, 2011 12:31pm CST
Last year, the Indian and the British microbiologists had through independent studies reported discovery of the so called New Delhi matallo-beta lactamase or in short NDM-1 bacteria, widely known as superbug, in patients from several cities and in foreign patients who had visited India, which then raised a hue and cry among the medical professionals all over the world. A recent British study team report claims the detection of multi-drug- resistant bacteria in water samples from Delhi and apprehends widespread environmental contamination and possibility of circulation of bacteria with NDM-1 gene in the community. But their counterparts in India have rejected such claim by the British study team. According to them, there is no link between these observations of the British study team and the pattern of infections found in the population in India. They also find motives behind such observations of the British study team that go beyond science and apprehend a foul play to discourage patients from foreign countries to travel to India for medical treatment as medical tourism is now a booming business in India. But, we, the common people, are not at all interested in their fight of opinions. We would rather hope that microbiologists all over the world should work hand in hand to find out whether there is any cause of getting into panic and whether preventive measures are needed at all and if needed, what those should be because the ultimate sufferers would be the human beings of this planet.
• United States
3 Aug 11
Though I wasn't aware of the fact that there was a problem like this that existed in India, it really doesn't surprise me that there are more superbugs that are showing up in the world today. The main reason for this is the fact that many antibiotics are overused today and a result of that is that bacteria have the opportunity to evolve such that they are resistant to different kinds of antibiotics. We need to be more careful with our use of antibiotics and there will be fewer superbugs that develop.
• United States
30 Jul 11
Yikes! I didn't know India had a problem like this! I hope the micobologists find a way yo get rid or control the super bugs! If they don't it could affect lot so more people outside of India! Sorry to hear this! I hope it gets better,soon!