GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — Over 10 years ago, superbug genes were detected in India.
Now those multi-drug resistant superbugs have found their way to the most unlikely of places — the Arctic — once considered one of the last “pristine” places on Earth.
According to a study published Jan. 28, 131 genes linked to resistance to antibiotics were discovered by a group of scientists in a remote region of the High Arctic.
One of those genes NDB-1 was originally found in New Delhi in 2008.
David Graham, a professor at Newcastle University in the U.K., said the “encroachment” of these genes into places like the Arctic shows, “how rapid and far-reaching the spread of antibiotic resistance has become.”
Graham added, “The only way these genes could have got there is either through traveling wildlife or through traveling humans.”
Around 70% of bacteria that cause infections are drug-resistant to at least one antibiotic used to treat them.
One official warned drug-resistant superbugs were as big a threat to humanity as wars or climate change.