Indian Health ministry slams superbug report

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New Delhi, Aug 13: Indian government accused the superbug report, which claimed that an anti-biotic resistant microbe originating in India, naming it an 'alarmist.'

According to CNN-IBN, Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that it was unfair to claim that the so called 'superbug' NDM-1 was found only in India and Pakistan.

"It's universal and is found in intestine of humans and animals. It's wrong to say that it's found only in India and Pakistan. They say it's found in patients who visit India and Pakistan. It was nowhere mentioned if the bacteria are found even before those persons visited India," Azad said.

"Karthikeyan, one of the co-authors, have denied and disassociated from this report. We have to find if there's some ulterior motive of some pharmaceutical industry," said state health minister.

According the channel, NDM-1 bacterium is resistant to almost all-known antibiotics and causes gastric problems and multiple organ failure, leading to death.

However, the co-author of the study, Kumaraswamy said, "My study would not affect medical tourism because it is present just not in India but also in American and European countries. The limited drugs are available that too just in city hospitals."

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