Here's the latest OMG WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE from the people that brought you the Swine Flu pandemic:
Scientists find new superbug spreading from India
A new superbug could spread around the world after reaching Britain from India -- in part because of medical tourism -- and scientists say there are almost no drugs to treat it.
Researchers said on Wednesday they had found a new gene called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, in patients in South Asia and in Britain.
NDM-1 makes bacteria highly resistant to almost all antibiotics, including the most powerful class called carbapenems, and experts say there are no new drugs on the horizon to tackle it.
First thought: Didn't they just recent announce that the Swine Flu pandemic (that was ZOMG GOING TO KILL US ALL BY MELTING OUR FACES OFF) was winding down?
Second thought: Speaking of the Swine Flu, wasn't there a little brouhaha over the fact that a third of the members of the WHO Swine Flu Advisory Council had ties to the pharmaceutical industry?
Third thought: "Medical tourism" is leading to cases of this "superbug" being brought back to England? Huh? Doesn't England have free universal health care, a system that we are being told to emulate here in the US? Aren't the Europeans so much more enlightened that the evil ol' capitalist USA in that they offer free health care to their citizens? Why, then, would anyone need to travel to India for medical care?
In any case, it's another item to tack on the list of the Taxonomy of Modern Dangers...
That is all.