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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)  

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The news is out all over the world, but we’ve chosen the story from The Jerusalem Post to tell you about bugs with serious medical threats.  To begin, the story originating from The Associated Press says:  

BOSTON – An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: A new gene that can turn many types of bacteria into superbugs resistant to nearly all antibiotics has sickened people in three states and is popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.  

The article reports that all the victims recently had medical care in India and in addition to the U.S. victims, two people in Canada have been infected:  

The US cases and two others in Canada all involve people who had recently received medical care in India, where the problem is widespread. A British medical journal revealed the risk last month in an article which described dozens of cases in Britain in people who had gone to India for medical procedures.  

According to the article, there is no central tracking of the infections and it is unknown how many deaths have resulted from the bug.  Of those cases confirmed most have involved intestinal and urinary infections.  

One doctor says that the concern is serious because of the bacteria’s severity and the lack of any new antibiotic development which might help fight the infections:  

“It’s a great concern,” because drug resistance has been rising and few new antibiotics are in development, said Dr. M. Lindsay Grayson, director of infectious diseases at the University of Melbourne  in Australia. “It’s just a matter of time” until the gene spreads more widely person-to-person, he said.  

There is more to discover in the piece referred to and the links found below.