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“Superbug” Found In India: Can It Lead to Next Pandemic?

Researchers have found evidence of Superbug in India that can lead to the next deadly pandemic after Covid-19. 

For the first time, researchers found traces of “superbug” in India. Superbug is a type of multidrug-resistant organisms mainly found on the remote sandy beaches of India. It is so harmful that it can lead to the next deadly pandemic just like Covid-19.

Source: Olhar Digital

Superbug is also known as Candida Auris or C Auris. Scientists have found clear evidence of Candida Auris in a “landmark discovery”. This study was published in the Journal mBio on March 16, 2020. 

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The report says that an expert informed that the Covid-19 pandemic has opened the “perfect conditions for widespread outbreaks” of C Auris.

Superbug Study Conducted By Dr Anuradha Chowdhary

Dr Anuradha Chowdhary and her team at the University of Delhi conducted a study. In this study, 48 samples of water and soil collected from 8 natural sites near the Andaman Islands. It includes rocky shores, sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal marshes. 

The researchers insulated C Auris from two sites, i.e. a beach where people usually go and a salt marsh wetland where no people ever go. The study found that superbug or C Auris isolated from the beach were multi-drug resistant that is very close to strains that are seen in the hospitals as compared to those that are found in the marsh. 

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Moreover, the researchers noticed that one isolate found in the marsh was not drug-resistant and also it grows more slowly at high temperatures whereas the one isolate in the beach grows rapidly and thus it could be a “wilder” strain of C. Auris.

What are the symptoms of a Superbug?

As per the World Health Organization, C Auris or superbug survives on the skin before it enters the body through wounds. Once it enters the bloodstream, it can cause severe illness and lead to sepsis which kills over 11 million people a year. 

The Sun reported that this infection does not show any symptoms before turning into a fever and chills. These symptoms do not go away despite the use of medicines.

Source: Medication Junction

This can lead to a serious bloodstream infection, mainly in those patients who need feeding tubes, catheters, or breathing tubes, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

This superbug was also noticed a decade ago in 2009 in a patient in Japan. In the United Kingdom, more than 270 people were diagnosed with this infectious disease until 2019 as per the report cited by Public Health England. 

Stay tuned with us to know more about the next pandemic “Superbug”. 

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