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1 in 25 patients gets infection in hospital

When antibiotics first started being used in the 1940's they were considered a "miracle drug". It seemed that bacterial infections would no longer be a problem for the world. However, recently, one gene is making it seem as though the end of antibiotics is at hand. This gene is New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1. The gene contains an enzyme that is active against a beta-lactam ring that most antibiotics contain which causes the bacteria to be resistant to common cures. The NDM-1 gene can be replicated and transferred between bacteria through a process known as horizontal gene transfer. Bacteria that commonly host NDM-1 are gut bacterium E. coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Enterobacter species, and Morganella morganni. The bacteria became known as "superbug"; resistant to all antibiotics. For more story/information watch an excerpt from the FRONTLINE documentary "Hungting the nightmare bacteria" on PBS. Would the cause of the superbug in this article relates to the NDM-1 Gene? Prevention: Be sure to educate yourself (in addition to the healthcare professional's advice) to not use more antibiotics than are actually necessary, avoid medical tourism, and maintain a good hygiene.
Credited: The Master's College research challege team - M. Thor, R. Altamirano, S. Beers, and M. Castrejon.
 
 

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