K M Mathew
K M Mathew
Year 2012 It’s been a couple of years since NDM-1 — not a mere bacterium, but a gene that directs production of an enzyme — hit the news. The enzyme resists almost all antibiotics backlogged against it. The media reports blamed medical tourism and poor clinical facilities in countries of Indian Subcontinent for its spread. But in an interview with the WHO, Professor John Conly argued that the overuse and misuse of antibiotics led to antimicrobial resistance – the theme of World Health Day 2011. The scare began when E. Coli was established to be its carrier. E. Coli is a banal cause of multi-fold human disorders. This microbe is found in contaminated surface water, which is exposed to a huge population in today’s world. The cold sweat now rises in the fact that if this gene is fabricated and it falls into the wrong hands, the wild spread of this enzyme could serve as a bioweapon which would be potentially more dangerous than any weapon on the face of the earth. This TUC, step into the shoes of world leaders and take control to solve this crisis described as ushering in of "the doomsday scenario of a world without antibiotics".