Researchers have discovered a new genetic mutation that assists some bacteria in developing resistance against almost all antibiotics. Furthermore, they have claimed that such mutations have been commonly witnessed in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
And now the so-called NDM-1 gene is being found in patients in Britain and the United States who have received medical surgeries in these countries, outlined the new studies.
The research team headed by Timothy Walsh of Cardiff University in the UK revealed that he first got the gene samples of pneumonia and E. coli bacteria in 2009 that was taken from a Swedish patient who had undergone medical care in India.
The study has claimed that the bacteria having the NDM-1 gene has an in-built resistance against various myriad antibiotics, in addition to one’s developed specifically for treating infections caused by drug-resistant germs.
Discerning the current scenario, researchers are cautioning that the prevalence of such antibiotic-resistant bacteria could spread its footprints around the world because people in Europe and the United States often travel to other countries for medical care.
Dr. William Schaffner, Chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University, quoted, “It could take months before you got rid of it, and treating individual patients with it could be very difficult”.