There may be a new culprit in the crisis – NDM-1 – which makes bugs resistant to drugs was discovered in the drinking water of one of the world’s biggest cities, New Delhi. NDM-1 is now believed to be widespread throughout India and Pakistan.
WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan says ”The world is on the brink of losing these miracle cures, the emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens has accelerated.”
Last year – 2010 – 440,000 new cases of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis were detected, the malaria parasite has acquired complete resistance to treatment, evidence of resistance is also emerging to the Anti-Retro-Viral medicines used to treat HIV.
“The world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era where common infections will once again kill unabated” said Chan. Read the full article »»»»