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Tel Aviv hospital quarantines woman infected with NDM-1 bacterium, resistant to antibiotics and the cause of deaths worldwide. A deadly 'superbug' impervious to antibiotics has been detected for the first time in Israel.
Doctors at the Sheba hospital outside Tel Aviv say they have detected signs of the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1 – commonly known as NDM-1 – in the past few days.
A woman who took ill in India had brought the bug back with her, the hospital said.
BOSTON – An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: A new gene that can turn many types of bacteria into superbugs resistant to nearly all antibiotics has sickened people in three states and is popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.
The US cases and two others in Canada all involve people who had recently received medical care in India, where the problem is widespread. A British medical journal revealed the risk last month in an article which described dozens of cases in Britain in people who had gone to India for medical procedures.
How many deaths the gene may have caused is unknown; there is no central tracking of such cases. So far, the gene has mostly been found in bacteria that cause gut or urinary infections.
"It's a great concern," because drug resistance has been rising and few new antibiotics are in development, said Dr. M. Lindsay Grayson, director of infectious diseases at the University of Melbourne in Australia. "It's just a matter of time" until the gene spreads more widely person-to-person, he said.
Grayson heads an American Society for Microbiology conference in Boston, which was buzzing with reports of the gene, called NDM-1 and named for New Delhi.
The woman, who reportedly brought the bug back to Israel with her, was placed in quarantine at Sheba Hostpital at Tel Hashomer when doctors confirmed that she had the "New Deli" bug, Channel 10 reported. India is an overpopulated country that overuses antibiotics and has widespread diarrheal disease and many people without clean water. US doctors have tried treating some of these cases with combinations of antibiotics, hoping that will be more effective than individual ones are. Some have resorted to using polymyxins — antibiotics used in the 1950s and '60s that were unpopular because they can harm the kidneys.
Originally posted by FraternitasSaturni
Its not a virus, nor a bacteria... its an enzyme that makes a bacteria (any of them) super resistant to antibiotics. Just to clear that one out.