A health watchdog has warned that patients who opt to have surgeries in foreign countries are bringing in a drug-resistant strain of superbug into the UK.
The Health Protection Agency has issued a warning after 17 hospitals in England and Scotland reported such cases. This new superbug can cause infections, septicaemia, pneumonia and gastroenteritis and is causing innumerable problems on the NHS because it is not vulnerable to any antibiotic.
"There's the potential for this to become a substantial problem of antibiotic resistance within UK hospitals, and there's not much we can do at the moment," John McConnell, editor of the medical journal the Lancet Infectious Diseases told The Guardian. "Compared to MRSA or C difficile or a regular pneumonia-type infection this is pretty small beer, purely in terms of the number of cases so far. But small beer is the way that things like MRSA started. These cases could be the start of what could go on to be a major cause of healthcare-acquired infections."
Cases have been seen after patients had surgeries in India, Pakistan, Greece and Turkey.