Deadly ‘superbug’ strain found in tourists to India

Deadly ‘superbug’ strain found in tourists to India

Originally published on Swissinfo.ch

The research carried out by scientists from the University of Bern, examined the stools of 38 Swiss travellers to India in 2015, before and after their trip. The results, published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, were startling. Not only did 76% of those analysed have antibiotic resistant “superbugs” in their guts, 11% had bacteria that were resistant to the antibiotic colistin – the last line of defence in our antibiotic arsenal. 

“The movement of people from countries with low antibiotic prevalence like Switzerland to high prevalence countries like India, creates a risk of importing superbugs,” Andreas Endimiani, one of the authors of the study, told swissinfo.ch. “The risk exists even if you take all precautions.” 

The tourists tested, spent an average of 18 days in India. Around 40% suffered from diarrhea after returning from their holiday. 

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