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Do you feel that this is political propaganda or justly named? Many organisms are named after their discoverer or location of origin. Perhaps someone will take the time to do investigative reporting and search out how far back this strain or other similar strains have been noted in the news, media, science journals, etc. This is a call out to members to post findings along with opinions. Please do not just talk without some research first. Thank you. 

New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase-1, or NDM-1 for short, is a gene carried by bacteria that makes the strain resistant to carbapenem antibiotics. Numerous articles here on HWC have spoken to the problem with antibiotic resistance and MRSA. 

The Indian health ministry has disputed the conclusion of the August 2010 Lancet study that the gene originated in India or Pakistan, describing this conclusion as "unfair" and stating that Indian hospitals are perfectly safe for treatment.[1][2] Indian politicians have described linking this new drug resistance gene to India as “malicious propaganda” and blamed multinational corporations for what they describe as selective malignancy.[1][3] A Bharatiya Janata Party politician has instead argued that the journal article is bogus and represented an attempt to scare medical tourists away from India.[4] The Indian Ministry of Health released a statement "strongly refut[ing]" naming the enzyme "New Delhi".[5] The primary author of the 2010 Lancet study, who is based in the University of Madras, has stated that he does not agree with the part of the article that advises people to avoid elective surgeries in India.[6]

  1. Pandey, Geeta (12 August 2010). "India rejects UK scientists' 'superbug' claim". BBC News. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  2. Indian Government angry over claims its hospitals are fuelling global superbug
  3. "Linking India to superbug unfair and wrong, says India". Hindustan Times. 12 August 2010. 
  4. Express Buzz
  5. Sharma, Sanchita (13 August 2010). "‘Don’t blame superbug on India, it’s everywhere’". Hindustan Times.  
  6. Narayan, Pushpa (13 August 2010). "Indian author says superbug report is fudged". The Times of India.

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