Antibiotic-resistant NDM-1 is Undermining India’s Medical Sector. The pandemic potential of such a microbe is enormous.
NDM-1 infections already turned up in more than 35 countries last year — often in the bodies of medical tourists, who had traveled to India or Pakistan for cheap surgeries and other procedures. And NDM-1 bacteria have also been found in drinking water and in puddles around New Delhi.
Then, in 2010, a study of a New Delhi-area hospital found that 24 percent of bacterial infections there could resist the last-resort carbapenem antibiotics.
The pandemic potential of such a microbe is enormous.
In India, antibiotic use is virtually unregulated. Antibiotics are widely available without a prescription and, as in the United States, affluent people tend to consume the drugs whether medically necessary or not –
– for everything from colds to diarrhea. Meanwhile, when ill, India’s poor tend to scrape together a few rupees…
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