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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Malaysia : Superbug detected in woman

An article via The Star, this would be the first ever case in Malaysia :

" GUA MUSANG: A superbug which is resistant to antibiotics has been detected in a 24-year-old woman, the first known case in Malaysia, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai.
She has since recovered after receiving treatment at Ampang Hospital in Selangor for the past one month.

“Fortunately, she is only a carrier and we were able to extract the bacteria from her body,” Liow told reporters yesterday outside the nomination centre in Galas when he and other party leaders were accompanying the Barisan Nasional candidate Abdul Aziz Yusof to file his nomination papers.

“We are monitoring the patient closely to ensure the superbug is not transmitted to health workers and other patients,” he said.

Liow said the superbug, known scientifically as the NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1), was not a threat to the patient and she was receiving regular attention at the hospital."

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