This article published in Time Magazine in early September confirms a new gene in bacteria that gives them resistance to most known antibiotics. While microorganisms’ resistance to bacteria is an old and common issue, this new gene NDM-1, is one that can be easily copied and passed to other kinds of bacteria.
While we don’t have to worry about what kinds of drugs we can prescribe to patients based on effectiveness, the growing prevalence of drug-resistance is sure to create even more problems in the future for medical professionals as the number of effective treatments grow smaller or stay the same while bacteria grow stronger.
Below is an excerpt of the article:
Drug-resistant bacteria are not new. Many bacteria are resistant to the world’s first antibiotic, penicillin, as well as successive generations of drugs. Excessive use and improper use of antibiotics have exacerbated the problem and led to the emergence of superbugs.
“The potential of NDM-1 to be a worldwide public health problem is great, and coordinated international surveillance is needed,” according to a widely publicized report in the British medical journal Lancet in August. –Time Magazine (Link)
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