SuperBug Now Found In Three States, Scientists Warn
September 14, 2010
U.S. (ChattahBox Health News) – We have already posted a story on the superbug found in Britain that originated in India and Pakistan, as a consequence of medical tourism. But the problem has escalated. Patients have now, become ill with a particularly virulent form of a drug-resistant bacteria in three states.
The rise of drug-resistant superbugs, has long been feared by medical professionals. Superbugs are bacteria that have developed a resistance to most drugs currently on the market, due to the overuse of antibiotics.
This has led to a call for pharmaceutical companies to accelerate their research into finding new and stronger antibiotics, before it’s too late. But the feared wave of the next superbug may already be here.
It started in India and Pakistan, where patients would travel for low cost elective medical procedures. Some medical tourists would later return to the United States, carrying illnesses immune to most available drugs.
Superbug cases have been reported in California, Massachusetts and Illinois, with one case in Canada. There have also been a number of cases in Britain, leading to a major study over the last several years by the Cardiff University.
Americans can help combat the problem, by resisting the urge to demand antibiotics from their doctors for common viruses. And by using commonsense sanitary practices, such as frequent hand washing.
Patients are also advised to refrain from traveling overseas for cheaper elective medical procedures, especially in India and Pakistan, where drug-resistant bacteria is rampant, due to the easy availability of over-the-counter antibiotics.