Health Care From Pakistan, India May Be Bringing Drug-Resistant Germs
August 11, 2010
People will occasionally go to the countries to get quick, affordable operations or treatments, but researchers say this could put them at risk of bringing back antibacterial resistant illnesses that can be hard to treat.
According to Timothy Walsh, professor and head of the study, since 2008, they have seen increasing numbers of people with these types of bacteria, leading to worry over the consequences in the future.
When the usual treatments don’t work for this strain, doctors have no choice but to turn either to Colistin, which is 50-years-old and causes kidney damage in most patients, or Pfizer’s Tygacil, which has limited side effects.
The problem lies in the bacteria spreading, and so these two drugs being overused. It could lead to an eventual resistance to them as well, leaving hospitals with no defense.
Already, this problem is becoming very real in India, where the bacteria is spreading.
“The possibility of this becoming a global problem very quickly is immense,” Walsh told Bloomberg.
Patients have been warned against “medical tourism”, which can lead to more problems than it solves.