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Resistant Superbug Returning with Overseas Cosmetic Surgery Patients

Posted Aug 11 2010 7:30am

A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn. They say bacteria that make an enzyme called NDM-1 have traveled back with NHS patients who went abroad to countries like India and Pakistan for treatments such as cosmetic surgery. Although there have only been about 50 cases identified in the UK so far, scientists fear it will go global.

At least one of the NDM-1 infections the researchers analyzed was resistant to all known antibiotics.


One of the often overlooked risks of going out of the country for cheaper medical care is the possibility of contagion. That could make your cheap cosmetic surgery really expensive and now even dangerous. Apparently the scalpel tourism business has created a new monster bacterium that is resistant to the most powerful antibiotics we have. Do you feel lucky?

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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