In August 2010 we first reported on a dangerous new superbug living inside the artificially enhanced breasts, butts and noses of plastic surgery patients in England. Known as NDM-1, the bug is able to merge with any number of different species of bacteria to render them resistant to nearly all antibiotics.
Now Wired Science reports that an American soldier serving in Afghanistan has contracted the bug, confirming exert predictions that NDM-1 will soon become a global public health concern.
Bacteria bearing NDM-1 appear to circulate in South Asia in an untracked manner, appear to spread in health care settings by contaminated surfaces and the hands of health care workers, easily share their resistance DNA with other bacteria, and render common infections almost untreatable.
If a weakened zombie sickness currently exists it would need only to merge with the NDM-1 to create an unstoppable undead plague the likes of which the world has never seen.
Even without zombies, this superbug is poised to turn any number of previously benign infections into major threats to the stability of modern civilization.