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ICMR questions latest superbug study, DJB says don’t panic

ICMR questions latest superbug study, DJB says don’t panic

New Delhi: A day after the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal reported the presence of a deadly gene in drinking water samples from New Delhi, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) questioned the intention behind the study. The Delhi Jal Board, on its part, said there was “no need to panic”.

The New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) gene can turn many types of bacteria into deadly superbugs.

Dr V M Katoch, Director General of ICMR and Health department Secretary, told Newsline that researchers were unnecessarily trying to create panic in the country. “There are thousands of genes causing multi-bacterial resistance besides NDM-1, and they are found in all parts of the world. The need to focus only on NDM-1, and that too only in India, is questionable.”

The journal said that the NDM-1 gene was found in 51 seepage samples and two tap water samples of the 171 seepage samples and 50 tap water samples collected from the Capital between September 26 and October 10, 2010. The article, published on Thursday, has been co-authored by Professor Timothy Walsh and Dr Mark Toleman of the Cardiff Institute of Medicine — the same scientists who were behind the superbug ‘expose’ last year.

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