A new bug is on the loose. The NDM-1 Superbug is spreading around the world, and there is currently no way to treat this bacteria. NDM-1 bacteria have been found in patients who have undergone cosmetic surgeries, according to the Examiner. Because they are cheaper in other countries, people are traveling to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Britain for these surgeries, subsequently contracting bacteria and bringing home the Superbug.
Pharmaceutial companies (Pfizer, Merck, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis) are searching for antibiotics to fight the bug. Meanwhile, what can we do to avoid spreading the NDM-1 Superbug and keep our families safe?
NDM-1 Prevention: Avoid Traveling
First of all, I will not be traveling out of the United States for a while, for surgery or otherwise. Tourism is a huge contributing factor in the spread of infections.
Researcher Timothy Walsh stated: “At a global level, this is a real concern. 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.”
NDM-1 Prevention: Wash Your Hands
I will also be washing my hands very often, especially after being out in public. There are germs all over shopping carts, door knobs, and anything that is available for people to touch. Keep your hands away from your mouth — don’t eat until you have had a chance to wash them after being out and about.
NDM-1 Prevention: Use Hand Sanitizer
Keep hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes handy for the times when a sink isn’t available. Keep bottles of sanitizer in your purse or in the car’s glove compartment. I also keep a bottle at my desk for in-between hand-washing. If you work directly with customers, you may want to sanitize your hands to prevent the spreading of germs.
NDM-1 Prevention: Keep Disinfecting Wipes
The disinfecting wipes come in handy when you are at the grocery store; wipe the handlebar down before and after using the cart to avoid spreading bacteria like the Superbug. You can also use them to clean your hands after you finish shopping.
NDM-1 Prevention: Avoid People who are Sick
Try to avoid contact with people who are ill. Children are especially good at spreading germs when they are sick, so if you do come into contact with someone who is not feeling good, make sure to wash your hands frequently.
Since there is currently no treatment for the Superbug, it is especially important to avoid spreading the bacteria. Infections are multiplied by people who come into contact with bacteria and travel to other countries, so it can be quick to spread. Keep your family safe from illness by making sure everyone washes their hands frequently and uses hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes when there is no water available.
Superbug NDM-1: Fear grows that untreatable bacteria will spread world wide