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The new medical challenge: why NDM-1? Why Indian?

Walsh, Timothy Rutland and Toleman, Mark Alexander Howard 2011. The new medical challenge: why NDM-1? Why Indian? Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy 9 (2) , pp. 137-141. 10.1586/eri.10.159

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Promiscuous plasmids and genetic fluidity aside, the unbridled and indiscriminate use of antibiotics, lack of infection control policies and an inadequate national surveillance system have added to the spread of New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 (NDM-1). Notwithstanding, as NDM-1 bacteria are mainly spread via the fecal–oral route, the dissemination of NDM-1 in the Indian community is highly likely and, therefore, inadequate sewage systems, which are often present in these countries, only further exacerbates the problem. Accordingly, the solution requires holistic actions and a change of social priorities which, if invoked, will almost certainly be too late to save one of medicine’s precious and long-standing resources: antibiotics...

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Systems Immunity Research Institute (SIURI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Additional Information: Editorial
Publisher: Expert Reviews
ISSN: 1478-7210
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:58

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