Skip to comments.New 'Superbug' found in UK hospitals....
Posted on 08/10/2010 9:29:59 PM PDT by TaraP
A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn.
They say bacteria which make an enzyme called NDM-1 travelled back with NHS patients who had gone abroad to countries like India and Pakistan for treatments such as cosmetic surgery.
Although there have only been about 50 cases identified in the UK so far, scientists fear it will go global.
Tight surveillance and new drugs are needed says Lancet Infectious Diseases.
NDM-1 can exist inside different bacteria, like E.coli, and it makes them resistant to one of the most powerful groups of antibiotics - carbapenems.
These are generally reserved for use in emergencies and to combat hard-to-treat infections caused by other multi-resistant bacteria.
Continue reading the main story Start Quote The fear would be that it gets into a strain of bacteria that is very good at being transmitted between patients End Quote Dr David Livermore
Researcher from the HPA
Q&A: NDM-1 superbugs And experts fear NDM-1 could now jump to other strains of bacteria that are already resistant to many other antibiotics.
Ultimately, this could produce dangerous infections that would spread rapidly from person to person and be almost impossible to treat.
At least one of the NDM-1 infections the researchers analysed was resistant to all known antibiotics.
Dr David Livermore, one of the researchers and who works for the UK's Health Protection Agency (HPA), said: "There have been a number of small clusters within the UK, but far and away the greater number of cases appear to be associated with travel and hospital treatment in the Indian subcontinent.
E. coli can cause urinary tract infections and blood poisoning "This type of resistance has become quite widespread there
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Alert over ‘unbeatable’ superbug which could spread worldwide................
A superbug that is resistant to antibiotics and has ‘an alarming potential to spread’ has reached Britain.
Thirty-seven cases have already been reported, mainly among patients who have had surgery or other treatments in foreign countries.
Scientists have warned that the superbug - an enzyme called New Delhi-Metallo-1 - could spread worldwide because it is resistant to almost all antibiotics and nothing is being developed to combat it
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Don’t place your faith in modern medicine. God is much more powerful.
Thank you for posting this, Tara. It is very serious stuff, and we all should be aware.
I have even heard that one can get MRSA from a paper cut. Anytime the skin is opened there is a chance of infection.
Didn’t the WHO proclaim that the H1-N1 flu pandemic was over yesterday? Welcome to the new normal.
I Believe the 4th, Seal has been opened:
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”
I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.
They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by *Sword, Famine and Plague*, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
My children’s pediatrician says that he never gets sick just by never touching his face. I think that’s one of the hardest habits to break; we constantly touch our faces without even thinking about it.
Fungal disease threatens Swedish wheat harvest
The wheat harvest in many parts of Sweden is under threat by the fungus disease Tilletia contraversa (dwarf bunt).
The Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) has found several of the disease in Södermanland and now fears a wider distribution in central Sweden.
“For growers, this is a big setback, because the harvest may be unmarketable,” said Alf Djurberg, agronomist at the Board of Agriculture, to Sveriges Radio news programme Ekot.
Dwarf bunt is not in itself dangerous, but the spores from the fungus smell awful and render the wheat useless as food.....
Bwa-ha. Their medical system has sent people to the Third World for procedures, AND it can’t cope with the bugs they bring back. And this is the model we’re planning to emulate!
MRSA is on us all the time, and most of the time, it is kept in check by a healthy immune system. It is when the immune system is weak, such as when a person is in the hospital suffering from some other condition, that MRSA gains its advantage.
From the article:
“Normal infection control measures, such as disinfecting hospital equipment and doctors and nurses washing their hands with antibacterial soap, can stop the spread.”
I can guarantee this will not happen. Most hospitals are absolutely filthy - and the staff refuses to sterilize their hands, as they go from one patient to another - changing dressings, attending open wounds.
I feared infection, when I had major surgery five years ago. My doctor asked me if I had any requests before I ‘went under’ for the surgery.
I told him, “Yes. Two requests. Treat me as if I were your mother. And second, please post on my door that everyone that enters my room must wash their hands before touching me (the patient.)
In the five days that I was hospitalized, only two times did I see anyone wash their hands. (Neither my face nor body was washed for five days, nor was I even given a toothbrush, or a hairbrush.) It was the most horrible nightmare imaginable!
No wonder infections are spread in hospitals!
Medical tourism is increasing everywhere.
Lots of Americans go to India, Mexico and other 3rd world countries for (much) cheaper treatment.
not surprising considering some of the stories I’ve seen on FR
I spent much of the last two months working (renovation) in a hospital.
Signs were all over the place to remind workers to wash hands and to encourage patients to insist workers wash up.
No idea how much it actually happened.
Can say the hospital was generally very clean.
You don’t know how lucky you are to have a clean hospital in your vicinity.
My best friend had MAJOR surgery two and a half years ago, and laid in bloody sheets for four days. I complained to the nursing staff, and they kept telling me they would get to it - but they were understaffed and had a double patient load - and were doing what they could! (Same hospital that I had surgery in, and STILL have nightmares of the horrible treatment I received while there!)
Oil of Oregano. Not much bad survives that.
One of my tasks as a law student clerking with the city was to look at hospital inspection records for a case against the city hospital.
I was a young thing then and had no idea 1)how sick you could get in a hospital and 2)how poorly kept they were. I have tried to stay out of them ever since.
As an aside, I’ve been watching ‘The Singing Detective,’ a BBC production from the mid-80’s. The main character is in a hospital bed in a ward for most of the series. It’s disgusting. So many people in the ward, just curtains for privacy, poor patient care, and tons of visitors from the outside tracking in who knows what. The patients even smoked, which I don’t think we would have allowed, even back then. Yuck.
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