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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

China: Superbug found in pneumonia victim

A rare superbug first linked to travel to India has been found in a 78-year-old Burmese man who died of pneumonia, the Centre for Health Protection revealed yesterday.

The man, a Hong Kong resident who lived in Eastern District, died on Friday 10 days after being admitted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Chai Wan, with fever, shortness of breath and a cough.

His urine specimen tested positive for NDM-1, in reference to New Delhi.

The man visited Burma from March 21 to June 24 and was treated there for an infection.

A center spokesman said NDM is an enzyme, which can inactivate antibiotics carbapenems and other beta-lactams such as penicillin.

The case was the 11th detected here since a worldwide health alert was sounded in 2008. The first fatality was recorded two years later.

The spokesman said proper use of antibiotics and personal hygiene, especially hand cleansing, are required to prevent contagion.

Meanwhile, the center has warned travelers to Sichuan province of a bubonic plague outbreak.

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