Austria reports 2 cases of superbug gene

Vienna: Austria`s health ministry is reporting two cases of a new gene that allows bacteria to become a superbug.

The ministry says experts at the medical university in the southern city of Graz detected the gene, known as NDM-1, in two people, both of whom are believed to have been infected in hospitals abroad.

A statement today said a person from Pakistan was released in good health from Graz`s university clinic last year after successful treatment. It said another person from
Kosovo is still under medical supervision there.

Researchers say the gene - which appears to be circulating widely in India - alters bacteria, making them resistant to nearly all known antibiotics.