Go To India For Cheap Medical Care, Bring Home Superbug

From Reuters:

Researchers said on Wednesday they had found a new gene called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, in patients in South Asia and in Britain.

U.S. health officials said on Wednesday there had been three cases so far in the United States — all from patients who received recent medical care in India, a country where people often travel in search of affordable healthcare.

NDM-1 makes bacteria highly resistant to almost all antibiotics, including the most powerful class called carbapenems. Experts say there are no new drugs on the horizon to tackle it.

I know that many people go to India for affordable medical care, particularly in England where the NHS turn their procedures down or delay them so long that people die before receiving care. Unfortunately, they may end up coming home with a drug-resistant bacteria that will kill them. For a life-saving procedure, it may be worth the risk. For cosmetic surgery, not so much.

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