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Monday, August 30, 2010

China : Hospitals to keep eye on superbugs

An article from Shanghai Daily, excerpt :

" A NETWORK of "surveillance" hospitals from each province and municipality has been set up by the Ministry of Health to monitor and research the so-called superbugs.

Research into multi-drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, will include NDM-1, which aroused concern recently after at least five people died in Britain and more than 170 people were infected worldwide.

Though NDM-1 hasn't been detected on the Chinese mainland, hospitals in Zhejiang Province, Beijing and Shanghai had found another superbug with similar resistance to almost all antibiotics, medical experts told a lecture on microbiology at Shanghai's Ruijin Hospital yesterday.

"The superbug NDM-1 is actually an enzyme called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase which makes bacteria resistant to most antibiotics," said Dr Ni Yuxing, director of clinical microbiology department of Ruijin Hospital, the city's surveillance hospital.

"A similar enzyme, plasmid-mediated imipenem-hydrolyzing enzyme KPC-2, has been found in domestic hospitals in recent years."

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