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India Rejects UK Scientists' 'Superbug' Claim

Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 12:13 PM


India has rejected a claim by British scientists that a new superbug, resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics, has entered UK from India, the BBC reports.

The health ministry said it was unfair to link the bug to India and officials described it as "malicious propaganda."

Several Indian MPs raised the issue in parliament, calling it a conspiracy. Scientists say patients who went to India and Pakistan for treatments such as cosmetic surgery have come back with bacteria that make NDM-1 enzyme.

Health experts say NDM-1 can exist inside different bacteria, like E.coli, and it makes them resistant to most antibiotics.

The Indian health ministry has described the report as "sensational."

Read the entire story at bbc.com




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