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Monday, September 20, 2010

Taiwan : CDC to warn Taiwanese wounded in India about new superbug NDM-1

Via Focus Taiwan, this story is disturbing in many ways, excerpt :

" Taipei, Sept. 20 : Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday that it is planning to provide two cameramen from a Taiwanese TV station who were shot and wounded in New Delhi Sunday with information about the new superbug NDM-1 and help them avoid catching the disease.

The two victims were in stable condition and hospitalized in the Indian capital, where NDM-1 -- the name is short for New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 -- was first found.

The CDC listed NDM-1 as a communicable disease earlier this month, requiring local hospitals to immediately report any suspected cases, especially those in which the patient has received medical treatment in India or Pakistan.

CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw said the CDC would alert the two victims, as well as staff at Taiwan's representative office there, about disease prevention, and will pay close attention to the two patients after they return to Taiwan.

The two victims arrived in the Indian capital two days ago along with four other crew members from Taipei-based TVBS to shoot a travel show. Two masked gunmen on a motorcycle seemed to fire randomly at the crew's bus, parked just outside one of India's biggest mosques, the Jama Masjid, before fleeing the scene."

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