Delhi Water Replete With Superbug, Say Scientists

Friday, April 8, 2011 1:42
Posted in category health

A superbug, which is highly resistant to almost all widely known antibiotics drug, has been found in water that is being supplied in New Delhi.

The research has been carried by the Britain’s Cardiff University, which showed that the new drug-immune New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) bacterium was traveling in the Indian capital city’s atmosphere.

And, soon after the findings, scientists have called for instant action by health authorities saying that in order to examine the actual environmental spread of the superbug, more studies are required in various cities in the India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The study has been published in the Lancet’s Infectious Diseases journal, which stated that ‘This study shows that international surveillance of resistance needs to be established.’

The report also stated that ‘Resistance of this scale (NDM-1) could have serious public health implications because so much of modern medicine is dependent on the ability to treat infection.’

The scientists in Cardiff had acknowledged the NDM-1 gene, when they discovered it in patients who were hospitalized in India in the month of August, last year.

One of the fellow researchers, Mark Toleman, said that ‘Now, we know it is not present in hospital Intensive Care Units (ICUs) but is actually freely circulating in Delhi’s environment, both in the water people drink and that which lay stagnant.’

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