WHO calls for monitoring of South Asian superbug
The World Health Organisation today called on health authorities around the globe to monitor a multi-drug resistant superbug that surfaced in South Asia and spread to Britain.
Geneva: The World Health Organisation
today called on health authorities around the globe to monitor
a multi-drug resistant superbug that surfaced in South Asia
and spread to Britain.
The WHO said research published in The Lancet medical
journal on August 11 identified a new gene that enables some
types of bacteria to be highly resistant to almost all
"While multi-drug resistant bacteria are not new and
will continue to appear, this development requires monitoring
and further study to understand the extent and modes of
transmission, and to define the most effective measures
for control," it added in a statement.
It underlined that the whole health care chain,
including patients, hospitals, governments, laboratories,
pharmaceutical firms and veterinarians, had "to be alert to
the problem of antimicrobial resistance and take appropriate
Multi-drug resistant bacteria generally "constitute a
growing and global public health problem," the UN health
It underlined the value of hospital infection control
measures to limit the spread of such resistant strains and
prudent use of antibiotics to reduce the generation of
Rigorous use of such measures, including extensive
hand washing in health care facilities, had proved successful
in controlling multidrug-resistant bacteria in many countries,
according to the global health watchdog.
Indian doctors warned earlier this year about the
threat from a new multi-drug resistant superbug known as NDM-1
-- months before the British study -- warning that it could
spread worldwide with patients.
The Lancet study said plastic surgery patients had
carried a new class of superbug from South Asia to Britain.