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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

India : Superbug makes E. coli, cholera viruses stronger

Via Deccan Chronicle :

" April 12: With the New Delhi Metallobeta lactamase (NDM-1) gene, also known as the superbug gene being capable of changing the genetic code of pathogens causing cholera and gastroenteritis, doctors will now have to look much more beyond uncontrollable loose motions and vomiting while treating patients.

These infections are likely to turn more serious than the common symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea. “Doctors will have to look beyond the common symptoms for treating cholera and gastroenteritis patients.

Since the NDM-1 gene has been found in bacteria like Vibrio cholerae and E. coli, these pathogens will become more powerful and can infect body organs like the kidney, lung and heart, besides bones and blood. Doctors will now have to treat these problems too,” said infectious diseases expert Dr Suneetha Narreddy.

The report that the NDM-1 gene has been found across more than a dozen bacteria will not augur well for people infected by them. These pathogens will emerge more powerful and potent and will not respond to many antibiotics including the most powerful ones called carbapenems."

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