Even the most powerful antibiotics are unable to treat these infections.
Researchers have already identified bacteria susceptible to the NDM-1 superbug gene in people living in the U.S., Netherlands, Australia, and Canada who have traveled to India for medical care, according to the accompanying editorial.
"Most of modern medicine is based on the notion that antibiotics will work. If you no longer knew antibiotics worked, you couldn't do as much surgery, chemotherapy, transplantation," said Dr. Martin Blaser, chairman of the department of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center.
From the Intelligently Paranoid files:
Superbug May be Stealth Weapon Against Idiot Westerners
Looky, folks, jes' say no to "medical tourism."