Scientists Find Superbugs That May Not Heed To Any Antibiotics

Scientists Find Superbugs That May Not Heed To Any Antibiotics

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Researchers are finding that it is getting more and more difficult to combat superbugs with current batch of antibiotics. The discovery of potent super-bugs that were recently found in Norway’s High Arctic region shows that antibiotics may not be considered as viable treatment methods in future. In recent years due to combination of factors like natural change and misuse/overuse of antibiotics several bacterial strains have become worse as their resistance to antibiotics prescribed by doctors has become stronger.  These dangerous bacteria are dubbed as “superbugs” by scientists have been responsible for thousands of deaths every year across the world.

According to scientist team led by Prof Jennifer Roberts from Kansas University which carried out detailed research on thawing permafrost in Norway’s High Arctic region, their initial purpose was to understand how methane gas released by this ice thawing may affect climate change on a global level. But they discovered something much more alarming while examining soil samples from Kongsfjorden region in Norway’s Svalbard region which was a large number of superbugs which should not have existed there. They were testing soil samples to look for antibiotic genes with the theory that as Svalbard was a remote place there wouldn’t be any such genes in the area.

They have detailed their findings and implications of this discovery in journal Environmental International which states that they discovered superbug New Delhi gene which had first emerged in India during 2007. In their analysis of 40 soil samples which was collected from eight locations in Svalbard and subsequent DNA sequencing they discovered 131 superbugs along with the New Delhi gene. They deduced that this could have been due to human waste that could have percolated to that region from the main research base. It could also have come from colonies of birds and small animals like foxes that share watering holes with these birds.

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