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August 15, 2010

New Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infection Reported in UK Hospitals

A new type of antibiotic-resistant superbug has entered UK hospitals via patients who have had cosmetic surgery in countries such as India and Pakistan, according to a paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The infections are caused by bacteria carrying the New Delhi metallo-

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A new type of antibiotic-resistant superbug has entered UK hospitals via patients who have had cosmetic surgery in countries such as India and Pakistan, according to a paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

The infections are caused by bacteria carrying the New Delhi metallo-Β-lactamase 1 (NDM-1) gene, making them resistant to carbapenems, a powerful groups of antibiotics used to treat highly resistant bacteria.

So far 50 cases have been reported in the UK.

The researchers said that isolating infected patients, disinfecting hospitals and the use of antibacterial soaps could control the spread of infection.

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