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4th superbug death in Johannesburg

2011-11-01 09:08

Johannesburg - A fourth person died in a Benoni hospital after contracting the superbug New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1), according to a report on Tuesday.

The patient, who had been in the Life Glynwood Hospital for several weeks, died on Saturday, The Star newspaper reported.

NDM-1 is an enzyme which makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

Ten patients at the hospital had been diagnosed with the enzyme, and four had been released from hospital after treatment. Two remained in isolation wards.

Life Glynwood Hospital spokesperson Marietjie Shelly said: "One of these patients has been treated in ICU since admission.

"The other patient was in ICU earlier, but the patient's condition has improved to the extent that intensive care is no longer required."

The last confirmed case of the superbug was on October 21.

She said strict precautions were being followed to prevent the spread of NDM-1.

In September, one confirmed case was reported at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.

Professor Adrian Duse, head of the outbreak response unit of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, said it could not be determined to what extent NDM-1 had contributed to the four deaths, as each of these patients were seriously ill with other medical conditions.

Due to global travel, NDM-1 has been detected in patients in public and private facilities around the world. It is named a "superbug" due to its resistance to antibiotics.

Comments
  • Peter - 2011-11-01 09:28

    It is worth noting that the patients was seriously ill with other medical conditions. Media is sending wrong panic with this kind of headlines.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-01 14:45

      But there is the fact that you go to hospital to get better not worse !

  • ronel.cousins - 2011-11-01 09:41

    I agree Peter!!Media sensation!I always ask the question,to why no further research is being done,to eliminate the use of ant-biotics??Something better?

  • Belaglik - 2011-11-01 09:45

    This is like reporting that someone with full blown AIDS died of an infection. This thing only contributed a bit more to the other diseases

  • Bongani - 2011-11-01 09:51

    What are the symptoms of this superbug?

      Raymond - 2011-11-01 12:50

      Parktown prawn with a cape and underpants.

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-01 10:03

    Why is the Heading reading " 4th Super Bug death in Johannesburg" when the patient died in Benoni which is part of Ekurhuleni, not Jhb????????

      toni.watson.169 - 2012-09-16 23:08

      Benoni is part of bombay!

  • Monique - 2011-11-01 12:55

    people with AIDS die from all sorts every day! was it neccesary to mention it? so now, all you HIV+ peeps, watch the fk out, and the rest of you, don't panic too much.

  • Winsome - 2011-11-01 14:26

    How does this super bug appear only in this Hospital?

  • toni.watson.169 - 2012-09-16 23:05

    Funnny the bug callled ...new delhi,when last been in benoni?it looks like bombay now!

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