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Thursday, April 14, 2011

India : Superbug scare - Govt dismisses study

Via Times of India :

" NEW DELHI: Chief minister Sheila Dikshit chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday to review the Lancet study that indicated the presence of the superbug NDM-1 gene in Delhi's drinking water. Officials present at the meeting reinstated what the Delhi government has been saying all along - the study did not paint a correct picture of the city's water supply.

Sources at the meeting said there had been no indication that cases of drug-resistant cholera and diarrhoea had gone up and the bacteria responsible for these could still be tackled with suitable antibiotics.

The meeting was attended by experts from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), the Delhi government's Directorate of Health Services (DHS), the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and included officials like officiating-director (NCDC) Dr D. Chattopadhyay, additional director (microbiology), NCDC, Dr Sunil Gupta, MAMC dean Dr A.K. Agarwal, DHS director Dr V.N. Kamat and director, treatment & quality control, DJB, D.R. Arya.

Officials said there was no clinical or epidemiological evidence to suggest that the presence of the superbug in the environment had any impact on public health. "NCDC has been monitoring the drug-resistance pattern of the cholera bacteria obtained from the cases of cholera patients admitted in Delhi for the last many years and it has not found any presence of carbapenem resistance in any of the samples," said a source."

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