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Super Bug Found In ISS Indian-Origin Astronauts at Risk 🦠🚀

Scientists have discovered a superbug called 'Enterobacter bugandensis' aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This bacteria thrives in enclosed environments and is resistant to multiple drugs, making it a formidable pathogen. It's known to affect the respiratory system, posing significant health risks.

Currently, Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams and eight other crew members are facing challenges due to this superbug. Sunita Williams, along with astronaut Barry Eugene, arrived at the ISS on June 6, 2024. The other seven crew members have been on the station for an extended period. Scientists believe these 'space bugs' originated from Earth and were transported to the ISS by astronauts.

Indian Scientist Leads Research

Astronauts on the ISS operate under unique conditions, often facing distinct health challenges. They lack traditional medical facilities, necessitating research on the impact of microorganisms on their health. These studies are led by Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Before joining NASA, Dr. Venkateswaran studied Marine Microbiology at Annamalai University in Chennai. In 2023, he discovered a new multi-drug-resistant bug named 'Kalamiella piersonii' in honor of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.