Superbug reaches Canada

Published: Wednesday, 08/18/2010 12:00 am EDT

Two cases of the new bacteria NDM-1, which emerged in India and is resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, have been identified in Alberta and the Vancouver area, the Ottawa Citizen reported. According to British researchers, the first case was identified in 2008 when European doctors found the bacteria in a Swedish patient who had surgery in New Delhi. Since then, 140 cases have been recorded in Indian and Pakistan, with infected patients also identified in Britain, Australia, the US and Holland. Scientists warn the bacteria could lead to a major global health problem, since it is one of the most stubborn and mobile they have found so far.

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