NDM-1 Superbug Discovered in a Cat in the USA

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The Indian superbug NDM-1, which has a gene that encodes an enzyme conferring resistance to almost all known antibiotics, has been found in the USA in a household cat.

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CDC Reports that Superbug NDM-1 Spread within a US-Based Hospital

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Yesterday, the CDC reported through its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that the superbug NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1), which was first identified in patients two years ago, had been discovered in 13 patients in the USA alone, including two in which the infection spread within the same hospital.

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NDM-1 Super Bacteria Scares Medical Community in India

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In Indian hospitals, over 50% of bacterial infections are now resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Surveys have shown that many widespread pathogens in India are also resistant to powerful, broad-spectrum antibiotics. In 2010, a team of scientists analyzed bacterial infections in New Delhi and found that 24% could resist the hospital’s last resort intravenous antibiotics, carbapenems, and 13% had a super-resistant gene, New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase 1 (NDM-1), that conferred resistance to carbapenems and 14 other antibiotics.

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