Tuesday: Swine flu epidemic officially ends. Wednesday: Scientists find new superbug spreading from India

by editor on August 14, 2010

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Advanced electron microscopy gives scientists their first look at the elusive new Indian superbug

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization declared an end to the dreaded swine flu epidemic. Just as it looked like the government funding gravy train was going off the tracks, scientists have discovered a new disease that’s going to kill every man, woman, child on the face of the earth. Whew! Just in the nick of time.

Reuters has the details of the deadly disease:

A new superbug could spread around the world after reaching Britain from India — in part because of medical tourism — and scientists say there are almost no drugs to treat it.

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

Should you be worried? Could you and your loved ones die? And should the government begin cutting some big, fat checks for some big, fat research?

“At a global level, this is a real concern,” Walsh, from Britain’s Cardiff University, said in telephone interview.

“Because of medical tourism and international travel in general, resistance to these types of bacteria has the potential to spread around the world very, very quickly. And there is nothing in the (drug development) pipeline to tackle it.”

Quick! Fund some expensive research. It’s not just a bug, damn it, it’s a superbug!

Source: Reuters

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Ruben August 14, 2010 at 5:41 am

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Yaaaaawn.

mike August 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

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Wait just a damn minute! Am I really reading this? We were all supposed to be dead long ago from the pig flu “pandemic” .

grayjohn August 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

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Scientist discover progressive moonbat microbes from India. More junk science from the loony left.

Necron_99 August 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

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Don’t be so hasty in thinking the “Swine Epidemic” is over, there is still a huge concentration of it in the halls of Washington, namely the Dumbocrat party.

USN-RETIRED August 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

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I think you’ve mistaken “Swine Epidemic” for the greedy swine flu which is pandemic in all parties and branches of government from Federal down to City, and has also spread to the general populace by the promise of easy money from personal-injury lawyers, State Lotteries and government hand-outs and other similiar sources. Only those who rely on a solid constitution, strong moral fiber and common sense appear to have any immunity to this disease.

USN-RETIRED August 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

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The jury is still out on this one. There ARE several antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains already, due to the overuse of antibiotics. While indicting “medical tourism” as a vehicle for spreading the “bug”, the brief article didn’t state specifically how someone is infected. “Medical tourism” seems to imply that those infected had undergone invasive surgical procedures in India = desperate Brits who could’t receive needed treatment under the British National Health rationing plan.

The article identified this as a “gene” rather than a specific bacterium. If that is the case, can DNA material cross from one type of bacterium to another, since bacterial reproduction is asexual by division? I have heard of viruses joining and transfering genetic material, the presumed source of the recent hybrid Swine flu. Do bacteria also engage in cross-transfer? Need some information here, micro-biologists.

In the mean time, 2 ways to avoid this and other “bugs” :

1) Don’t go to India or Britain for elective medical procedures. Obviously.
2) If you’re facing surgery in the future, “bank” some of your own blood at the hospital in the weeks prior to surgery.

KimmyQueen August 15, 2010 at 11:04 am

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Really?!

David Collins August 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm

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There was no swine flue epidemic but like it or not both libs and conservatives buy into the bullshit that all vaccines are safe have no side effects, these are the same fools who don’t know any better than to shove HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) into their gobs and wonder why they are fat.

The saddest part is we have a public who does not give a flip what they put in their bodies or the bodies of their kids!

joseph lankford September 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

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This could be the one to kill us all. in the bible, it says about a pale horse and the rider was death. there will be a world wide pandemic. so just prey to god and let your souls be saved, and one thing this superbug is resistent to all antibacteria, so this does scare me.