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Is it time to rethink about antibiotics?
Time has come when the world will have to rethink about using antibiotics.

Two years ago an American woman in her 70s, who was being treated in Delhi for a thigh bone fracture, had contracted an infection. The woman recently died but when her doctors conducted tests on her wound specimen at CDC Atlanta, one of the world's most advanced laboratories, they confirmed the presence of a superbug known as New Delhi Metallo-Beta-Lactamase (NDM).

What was extremely worrying for the doctors was that no drug available in the US would have cured the infection.

Many medical professionals have termed it as the beginning of a post-antibiotic era. NDM is an enzyme that gives bacteria the ability to be resistant to a wide range of powerful antibiotics. These antibiotics include antibiotics that are used to treat multi-drug-resistant infections as well.

In the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released by CDC, it said: "The isolate (victim's wound specimen) was resistant to 26 antibiotics, including all aminoglycosides and polymyxins tested, and intermediately resistant to tigecycline (a tetracycline derivative developed in response to emerging antibiotic resistance)."

NDM was first detected in 2008 in an Indian origin-Swedish patient. While Colistin was believed to work against this drug, what has got the doctors worried is that Colistin no longer seems to work against the bacteria now.

According to various doctors, the reason behind the biotics' ability to survive all anti-bacteria doses is the resistance biotics have started developing due to misuse of high-end antibiotics for common health conditions.

The most vulnerable to superbug attacks are cancer patients, terminally ill patients and those undergoing organ transplant.

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