Nine contract NDM1 superbug – report

2011-10-17 07:55

Nine patients in private hospitals have contracted the superbug New Delhi Metallo-Beta-Lactamose (NDM1), The Star newspaper reported today.

Two people who contracted the infection had since died, but medical experts said their deaths were not a result of the infection.

The superbug surfaced at the Life Glynnwood Hospital in Benoni several weeks ago, the newspaper reported.

NDM1 bacterial strain is found in E coli and in Klebsiella pneumoniae, and lives in the gastrointestinal tract, affecting patients’ lungs and urinary tract. The strain impacts on the body’s ability to heal itself, according to the report.

The strain is resistant even to last-resort antibiotics called carbapenems, used when common antibiotics have failed.

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