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.
I wake up every once and awhile on a weekend to hear essential oils being promoted on the radio. (I go to sleep listening to conservative talk radio)
I think we grew oregano one year; you’d have to squeeze the shit out of it to come up with any oil.
Must be good stuff.
You can buy it it health stores, it’s readily available, no squeezing required. :)
Do you take Oil of Oregano internally? How much?
Lactoferrin is key. Studies shows it has antibiotic effects and is effective where antibiotics were not. Knocked out a cough I had that just wouldn’t go away, in just a day or so (after several months of hacking).
I don’t think we’re far from it but I don’t think the seal has been cracked yet.
I could well be wrong- in some places they’ve been expecting the Lord for a long time and have experienced so much more evil than we have in North America.
You and I will either be raptured, die of old age or disease, or die at the hands of the powers that be.
Anyway it goes down I’ll see you on the other side.
We take oil of Oregano capsules whenever a respiratory virus hits (although it isn’t effective for rhinovirus — colds), but MRSA or another resistant deep tissue infection is another whole matter. You couldn’t get enough Oil of Oregano to where it is needed even if the pathogen is actually sensitive to it.
Superbugs are so 5 minutes ago. Ultrabugs are the future.
Check back on this story in 28 days...
Where the frick is that? Remind me not to get sick there.
“travelled back with NHS patients who had gone abroad to countries like India and Pakistan for treatments”
So the UK’s socialist healthcare makes people go to the third world for treatments, and then they want to blame those people!
Here’s a thought - build a private healthcare system that people WANT to use, then they won’t go to the third world!
This in a Marcan passage which has attracted hot debate about whether it belongs in the bible at all. Testing God is never a good idea. Quoting the passage then downing some Mr. Clean is likely to be hazardous to your health.
“Dont place your faith in modern medicine.”
Could you please clarify exactly what your point is? It sounds to me that you’re implying that only sinners suffer from disease and that “modern medicine” does not cure illness.
Maybe I read it wrong.
Anytime someone in our family is in the hospital, we plan for and provide 24 hour in room care for them ourselves. We examine every med before it is given and ask that all who enter the room wash up to their elbows. All you have to do is be reasonable and the staff will understand. It actually is a help to them if you don't go overboard.
Generally, we've had good clean conditions and nurses who would get what we asked for.
When a pandemic flu is around you should never touch your face. I tried doing this one day and found that I touched my face anyways about once every 5 minutes, even while conciously trying not to. (dangling participle?)
Its just impossible. Try it.
How will people die of infection most commonly? I’m thinking of kidney failure like the old days. And I suspect that there will be a lot of limb removals to keep the infection from spreading. There will lots of consequences like cancellation of sports programs. Please educate me.
No, it doesn't - though you might be forgiven for thinking so from the clumsy writing here. Cosmetic surgery has never been provided by the NHS. It is, however, widely available privately in Britain. These people are presumably travelling back to their countries of origin for cosmetic surgery simply because it's cheaper to do so.
Okay, I have to ask:
What hospital did you go to? I’ve been in an out of hospitals over the past three years and I’ve NEVER experienced such behavior.
“Dont place your faith in modern medicine. God is much more powerful.”
You should pray to God for a cure to your brand of insanity. God does not practice medicine, and your insinuation that He doesn’t want man to practice medicine, and instead to substitute prayer for treatment is particularly cruel and darkly inspired.
Last time I checked, NO bug was chlorine bleach resistant. Good sanitation is the key to preventing the spread of this stuff.
March 23, 2008
MRSA and C difficile superbug deaths at 10,000 a year http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article3602788.ece
Superbugs and NHS failings
From 43: Most hospitals have bottles of alcohol-based hand disinfectant by their doors, but Duerden says that until recently their inefficacy against C diff spores was not common knowledge outside microbiology circles an unacceptable level of ignorance, insists Wise, who said it had been known about for donkeys years.
Olav Nataas, however, insists the search-and-destroy process is key: We know hand-washing is never 100%, he says. This preoccupation with cleaning is not the main issue. It is identifying the infection as rapidly as possible and treating it in a way that does not risk others.
It is this uncertainty among Britains scientists, healthcare administrators and politicians that has led to the latest disagreement about hospital cleaning. This month, every hospital in Britain is meant to have completed a special deep clean, for which an extra £57m has been allocated. How exactly a deep clean is performed is less clear. There are no prescriptions for cleaning materials, training for cleaners, or methods of checking whether things are actually clean.
Nobody is keen to define what clean means in hospital terms and, according to Andrew Large, the director-general of the Cleaning and Support Services Association, some hospitals are doing nothing at all. There is no specification about whether hospitals are clean or not, but there is plenty of academic evidence that a greater presence of people doing routine cleaning on wards is what makes a difference, he says. After all, you could do a deep clean, but if the person inspecting it goes in and sneezes when they happen to be carrying one of these infections, you are back to square one.
Whoa. That is scary.
Yes you can take it internally. You could also put it on a cut or scrape.
It is extremely powerful and strong tasting. It is good to put it on bread or even inside a capsule and take. A few drops is all you need at any one time.
I think what he meant to get across was not to place your faith totally in medicine and doctors (in man and man’s intelligence alone). God’s healing can work through a good doctor’s diagnosis and treatment ability, the medicines and herbs that are given with care. Just don’t believe that that’s ALL you need for healing, or that God isn’t the one behind the healing. He can work through the medicine, He can work through prayer, He can work through other people, or if He chooses, He can work directly on a person. We don’t know all the ways and reasons why He heals one person one way, and another person, a different way, and a third person, who is not physically healed. There are reasons.
Besides the Apostle Luke was a physician and there was no rebuke of his profession by Christ.
Sometimes whatever is going on to the sick person isn’t the main thing God is trying to accomplish. i.e. Perhaps the sickness of one patient and their recovery is something that gets a doctor or nurse on the path to receiving Christ. Perhaps someone who is weak in faith, praying for another person, has their faith strengthened by the ordeal. Perhaps through the sickness itself the sick person comes to Christ. There are always reasons, we are not privy to all of them.
Sometimes people just get sick and go to a doctor for medicine to relieve their suffering. If God objects to that, He hasn’t made it known.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. I didn’t say there was, and the other guy didn’t say that either.
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