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Friday, December 17, 2010

South Korea : S Korea confirms two additional cases of NDM-1

Via Xinhua :

" SEOUL, Dec. 14 : South Korea on Tuesday confirmed two additional cases of NDM-1, raising the total number of cases to four.

The patients one man in his 60s and another man in his 70s have been treated each for chronic liver disease and osteomyelitis of the spine for a long period of time in a hospital where the country's first two cases of the bacterium were confirmed on Dec. 9.

"A pattern has been identified in South Korea that NDM-1 occurs in critical patients with a weakened level of immunity, as does in foreign countries," Yang Byung-guk, director of Communicable Disease Control Division at the state-run Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was quoted by Yonhap News Agency as saying.

"The public doesn't need to be overly anxious because there are antibiotics that can treat the bacterium."

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