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“Taiwanese didn't get superbug here”

India has strongly denied that the 38-year-old Taiwanese photographer, who was injured in firing in Old Delhi last month, contracted New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-I (NDM-1) during hospitalisation here.

A Health Ministry statement on Monday said the patient did not meet the clinical characteristics of NDM-I enterobacteriaceae as laid down by the Taiwanese Centre for Disease Control.

It went on to suggest that the patient could be carrying the superbug since the stool sample was not tested before his admission to the hospital. From the public health point of view, it was important to get information whether there was surveillance among the Taiwanese population for NDM-1 enterobacteriaceae and the estimate of NDM-1 load.

Prompt treatment

Immediately after he was injured in the September 19 firing, Ko Chiang was admitted to the Jaya Prakash Narain Hospital, where he was operated upon for treating bowels and intestines. He was discharged on September 27, following which he flew back Taiwan.

The patient did not receive any carbapenem antibiotic. It was the antibiotic policy of the hospital that carbapenem was not routinely prescribed, the Ministry said.

The patient was under surveillance in Taiwan. He was investigated for NDM-1 enterobacteriaceae, and specimens from the drain site, and of urine and stools were tested. The stool sample reportedly tested positive for carbapenem-resistant NDM-1 Klebsiella pneumoniae. Following this, the Taiwanese government informed India.

From the uneventful recovery of the patient after surgery, there was no evidence of infection either at the wound site or in the urinary tract where an invasive procedure was done. The hospital practised good infection control policy and it could, perhaps, be safely concluded that infection was not acquired during the patient's stay in India, the statement said.

The presence of NDM-1 in several people who had been treated in India had raised a huge controversy recently after a study was published in a British medical journal that described India as an unsafe medical destination.


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