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The Superbug has hit Austrailia - do you think it will become a problem in the U.S.?

Superbug Danger for Surgery Patients - excerpts from The Sydney Morning Herald online

Australians who travel overseas for cheap plastic surgery risk picking up new drug-resistant bacteria and spreading the bugs when they return home, infectious disease experts say.

Already one case has been reported of a plastic surgery patient who returned to Australia with an extremely antibiotic-resistant bug. Research published yesterday in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet indicated it is a growing problem among British plastic surgery patients who have visited India and Pakistan.

Many hospital infections that were already difficult to treat because of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have become even more impervious to drugs thanks to a recently discovered gene that can jump across different species of bacteria.


Asked by tasches at 1:15 AM on Aug. 12, 2010 in Health

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  • That's the bottom line. Wash your hands! #1 preventer of superbugs.

    Answer by asiamommi at 4:32 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • If its not one things its another

    Answer by mamaofficer at 1:21 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • Not at all concerned. Don't you remember the BIG H1N1 scare last year? They have to have something to scare us into spending more money, don't they?!

    Answer by m-avi at 1:16 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • it has been in many countries including the US, Pakistan, Canada, and more

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 1:27 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • its most prevalent in India and Pakistan, only few cases in North America

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 1:29 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • It is possible. I don't believe in living in fear. I have know of people how have died or nearly died of mersa and H1N1. It is always best to err on the side of caution and take the extra precaution of washing our hands, ect. These diseases are out there and we need to do whatever it takes to keep ourselves safe.

    Answer by kaedrasgma at 1:37 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • It doesn't surprise me there is one more drug resistant bacteria, but here you'll get all kinds of opinions that it doesn't exist, it's only the medical companies trying to make money. Unfortunately with international travelling, and basic hygiene not being practiced, superbugs are going to flare up.

    Answer by wildflowers25 at 9:51 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • One more reason why we don't use any antibacterial hand products.

    Ten years ago, no one knew what MRSA was; now it is found in every hospital in the US

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:06 PM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • The NDM-1 gene was first identified last year and bacteria with it are even resistant to carbapenems, a group of antibiotics used as a last resort for multi-drug resistant bugs.

    Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases expert at the Australian National University, said medical tourism was a ''big problem''.

    Last month he published a letter in the Medical Journal of Australia about a Canberra man in his mid 50s who picked up the drug-resistant bugs after undergoing plastic surgery in India. It took the man two months to rid himself of the bacteria.


    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 1:16 AM on Aug. 12, 2010

  • The bacteria may come into Australia through the importation of foods such as poultry that had been fed last resort antibiotics, Mr Collignon said.

    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 1:17 AM on Aug. 12, 2010